By Graham Hill
ASTON Villa boss Dean Smith has confirmed Jack Grealish WILL continue as captain at Blues on Sunday.
Smith handed Grealish the armband for last week’s demolition of Derby County – and saw him inspired Villa to a 4-0 win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
And the Villa manager sees no reason to change that for the St Andrew’s clash which sees both sides looking to break into the top six this season.
Smith told reporters on Friday: “He’ll certainly be captain if he starts on Sunday.
“He’s a player who’s come through the system, been in our Academy, and will relish that armband.”
And Smith will hope that boyhood Villa fan Grealish will have the same effect as he did last week.
But the Villa boss is wary that Grealish could be targeted by Blues – as he had been all season until he was sidelined for three months with a shin injury.
Smith said: “Jack’d been out for a while.
“He’s not a 90-minute fit player at the moment, but with the qualities he’s got, he could get into any team in Championship.
“He was a marked man before. He’s been out three months and is still the most fouled player in the division.”