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The reason for Grealish’s absence as Mitrovic is recalled for Villa v Fulham

Having returned to full training over the March international break, Jack Grealish (£7.5m) was expected to make a playing comeback for Aston Villa’s clash with Fulham this afternoon.

The Villa talisman is absent from the hosts’ matchday squad, however, with Dean Smith reporting that the England international pulled up in training on Saturday.

The Villa boss said:

He’s trained this week and was looking really good but he had some discomfort yesterday and pulled out after 10 minutes in training. We erred on the side of caution as we must do. He was all up for playing [until then].

The hosts will be looking to improve on their sub-per record without Grealish: they have scored on just three occasions in the six matches he has missed.

Smith makes one change to the side that started the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m) comes in for Trezeguet (£5.2m) in the Villa head coach’s only tweak to his starting XI.

Scott Parker has made four alterations to the side that started the Cottagers’ defeat to Leeds United a fortnight ago.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) is the most notable name among the quartet of returnees, with Josh Maja (£5.5m) dropping to the bench.

Parker said of the Serb’s recall:

His form for his country has played a big part. The last game in terms of selection [in Gameweek 29], it was nip and tuck, really, he came off the back of very good work, training-wise. Well deserves his chance.

Bobby Decordova-Reid (£5.3m), Kenny Tete (£4.3m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) are also additions to the line-up, with Antonee Robinson (£4.4m), Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) dropping to the bench.


Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi

Fulham XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina, Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Mitrovic.

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710 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fintroy
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Another Watkins 2 point haul, time to ship out and move on

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Agreed
      Just in time for his haul v Liverpool

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        That was last year

  2. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Fulham goal ... Mings idiot ....

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      That's just what England need - Mings and Stones centre backs. Doh!!!

  3. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Dang
    Watkins and Martinez in my team
    Tosin and Areola on my bench

  4. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Useless team nowadays

  5. Liberate HK - antichinazi
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    screw you villa.

  6. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Minging defending from Mings

  7. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Have Martinez, want Newcastle relegated ... happy or not?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Same here. Quite happy, Martinez is something like 75-80% owned in top10k.

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        And defence EO over 100. (Ok Martinez was heading to 4+3 but anyways).

  8. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Mings you moron. He's not England standard.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Southgate standard

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Absolutely - but Slabhead not that much better.

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      He is not PL standard.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Purely in the squad cause he’s a leftie CB.

    5. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Depends what you think England standard is.

  9. S.Kuqi
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Double cs gone. Idiot Mings.

  10. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Have Watkins, targett, martinez and lookman this game.
    Things are going well...

  11. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    In and Out of top 10K within seconds!

  12. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Mings owes me some FPL points for that.

  13. Make United Great Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Goodbye Martinez. It’s been an emotional ride x

  14. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Have always said it. Give Mings some time on the ball and he will make an error. One of the worse defenders that I have seen.

    1. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Harsh.

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Haven't missed watching a single game. Good with his head. Goad at clearing. Ball at his feet and his head becomes muddled.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hyperbole is strong here

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        He is poor. Certainly not an international CB. And definitely not someone who can get into a quality PL side.

  15. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Jeez how many points did Marty just lose - 5?

    1. Liberate HK - antichinazi
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      -7

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      More surely, 4+ whatever bonus he was getting, it's usually 3

    3. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      7. Clean sheet plus 3 boners.

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        losing three boners is never good - losing one bad enough!

  16. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Villa CS wipeout, you absolutely love to see it! Get in

  17. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    No jammy Konsa CS points
    Muhahahahaha

  18. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Any chance of a ML come back gone just like that... sigh

  19. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    That's was hard for triple Villa defense

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Imagine Mings was even half as good as he thinks he is...

  21. son of city
    5 months, 22 days ago

    think I jinxed it. with triple villa am just done.

  22. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Villa lying on the beach sunning themselves.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Nah, they’re trying their best. This is just them without Grealish.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        For the last time they were playing like this the last few game WITH Grealish

  23. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Mitrogoal !!! What a player

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Hasn't scored in so long I forgot he had that strange goal celebration.

  24. S.Kuqi
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Hate to lose double cs like that

  25. hullcityfan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Get in Fulham

    1. KAALI_DAAL
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Oh hell yeah

  26. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    That Ming's fella should be playing for Ireland with defending like that.

    When I think of it I am blaming Ireland. Mitrovic would not have got his confidence back only for the 'boys in green'.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Similar level to Clark tbf, two donkeys.

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Can safely say now Mings is better going forward.
        Not sure he even looked when he crossed for one of those assists.

  27. Royal5
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Traore 😆

  28. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Why is Watkins so hyped up?

    Averaging less than 3 points per game in the last 8 games.

    1. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      He's not. Ages since he was.

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      England striker. He's some player.

    3. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No Grelish
      No Party

    4. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I thinks he only good with grealish supplying . Shows

  29. BeWater
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Had a feeling Mitrovic would punish me after selling him in GW11.

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Had to happen.

  30. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    I've always thought Mitrovic was at least 30

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      He looks like a 32 year old veteran, yeah. I'm always surprised how young he is.