Jack fires strong message to fans

By Graham Hill

JACK Grealish has given a clear indication that the international break came at the right time for Villa.

With Dean Smith’s side recording four successive wins to put themselves back in the play-off hunt, there were fears Villa would lose momentum with a two week break.

They play host to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday hoping for win number 5 – and they could be lining up a sixth when they visit former boss Steve Bruce’s new club Sheffield Wednesday the following week.

But Grealish hinted at a welcome chance to recharge the batteries with a Tweet on Thursday night.

The Villa skipper posted: “A nice little rest and a good week’s training, looking forward to being back at Villa Park this weekend.”

With England boss Gareth Southgate making it clear he is not going to pick Grealish until he is back in the Premier League, Grealish has had no International demands leading up to the Blackburn game.

And with Grealish only back in action for less than a month after his three month injury lay-off, a chance to work on his fitness will have been useful.

With Tammy Abraham also fit again for Saturday, Smith will be hoping his key men are firing on all cylinders against Rovers with eight games to go to try and secure a top six spot.

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