Aston Villa’s talismanic captain Jack Grealish is ready and raring to go against Manchester City on Wednesday after it emerged he did not contract coronavirus following the outbreak at the club.
The Premier League side saw nine players and five staff members test positive for the virus, but the England international was not affected, the Mirror has reported.
Like the rest of the first team, Grealish had to go into self-isolation for 10 days in line with Public Health regulations, but is now ready to light up the Premier League again after the players returned to training on Sunday.
The Mirror claims that Grealish was “ecstatic” to get back to training after keeping himself fit at home and had spent most of Sunday at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.
He will now be looking to help Dean Smith’s side claim a result at in-form City who cruised past Crystal Palace on Sunday night which would deny Pep Guardiola’s side from heading to the top of the Premier League.
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It is a huge boost for Villa after what has been a particularly testing time for the club which saw them have to field a youth team in their FA Cup third round clash against Liverpool earlier this month as a result of the outbreak.
Villa boss Dean Smith said: “It has been a tough period but we have to worry first and foremost about the people who have tested positive and make sure they make a healthy return to the football club.
“We have had a mixture of players with or without symptoms.
“The hardest part is they all come back at different stages.”