Aston Villa’s young midfielder Jack Grealish was in scintillating form after recovering from his freak injury at the end of pre-season but he is now injured again and has missed the games against Fulham, Preston and Sheffield Wednesday.

Steve Bruce has been full of praise for Grealish, saying

He has a bit of a Gazza about him – not off the pitch! For six or seven games when he came back, he was easily the best player in the league and he has to stay there

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Gaza responded to Bruce’s Grealish comparison by tweeting,

Bruce clearly highly values Grealish and said

He has all the natural ingredients and I will do my best with him.”

In the six games he has started in the centre of midfiel,d he has scored once and contributed three assists, and WhoScored? have given him a 7.67 rating, showing just how integral he has become to this Villa team.

Grealish was expected to return from his injury in early March so there is a possibility that he may be back for Villa’s home game against QPR on Saturday.