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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. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Amazes me from a foreigner looking in that Southgate can’t find 2 good CB’s for England. Mings is an embarrassment

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

      It's Stones and Maguire quite comfortably imo.

      Coady backup CB.

    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      England will be found out as usual when they play a team ranked higher than 20.

      1. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Like when we beat Spain 3-2 in their own backyard?

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Have you seen Spain recently. Not a top team anymore.

          1. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Ranked 6th in the world though and you said top 20?

            1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Okay top 5. Lol.

              1. Zen Arcade
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Lol.

                The fact is this isn’t as good a group as people think. Yes Kane is world class and Grealish is very exciting but most of what we have is potential IMO. A lot of young attackers who we are rightly excited about.

                Defensively we aren’t great and I think Southgate knows that and is playing cautiously for a reason. Not saying that’s the right choice, but he’s earned a shot at the Euros by giving us the best WC run since ‘90.

                1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  As an Ireland fan we can only look on in envy. England will always be there or thereabouts in all competitions. May not win them but as a fan you get full value for money.

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Also lost to them 2-1 at home, don’t see beating a Spain team that’s a shell of its former self meaning as much anymore as it did up to 6 or so years ago

    3. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      “Embarrassment” is just complete nonsense.

      He’s a solid centre half who is prone to the odd error.

      I also heard him speak on the radio earlier and he’s very considered and articulate.

      1. Tango74
          3 months, 22 days ago

          I agree zen, all defenders make error.

          So much bitterness on here due to people defenders conceding . It’s only a game

        • Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          When the likes of VVD and Ramos make errors, I bet he doesn't pipe up.

          1. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Yep and before his injury VVD was playing like he was stoned.

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              What I said has nothing to do with FPL, it’s about England national team. Comparing VVD at the beginning of the season having just won the league to Mings in week 30 of a season is not applicable

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

        His best one being injured doesn’t help.

        Maguire & Stones, what could go wrong... he might still play a 3.

        1. Guru Mediation
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          If you're referring to Gomez then that is truly truly laughable

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        he's a decent cb but nothing more in my opinion. Bit of a big lump

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          i'd rather have konsa over mings but mings has some leadership qualities

      4. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        England don't currently have any international quality cbs, simple as that. The days of rio Terry Campbell are gone, people have their favourites but it's slim pickings

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          This is what I’m trying to refer to, the fact Mings even gets a game in a WC qualifier amazes me

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

        The answer lies in the statement. Southgate is clueless

        1. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          A World Cup semi and 9/9 points in qualifying so far, a memorable win in Spain and the Nations League final.

          Be good to see what we would do with a clued up manager.

          You can never please some people.

          1. Guru Mediation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            He's done a great job turning the squad into a more enjoyable environment and that yields results on the pitch. Seriously lacking when it comes to the tactical side of the game though, and that's what will hold England back in the big games

            1. Zen Arcade
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I agree to an extent but I thought he did well to set up a decent system with a relatively poor squad at the WC.

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                He has a lot of pressure on him, but that’s the same as any manager. He did okay at the WC but also had an easy run. May or may not be his fault but why can the England national team not get 15 or whatever is it excellent players on a field

          2. Utopsis
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            This is why sport professionals don't listen to "fans".

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Without the fans there isn’t a sports ‘profession’

              1. Utopsis
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Playing for and listening to are 2 different things.

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

      Villa without Grelish ... would they be fighting relegation?

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

        They were playing like this the last few games with him

    5. son of city
        3 months, 22 days ago

        just wondering, how do people with triple Villa navigating this GW. lol.

        BECAUSE I JUST CAN'T.

      • Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Need a Martinez save and Watkins goal with Targett assist!

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Just need the first one.

        2. Tango74
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Anything else

          • gonzalocampos
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Vanilla ice cream w that? lol

        3. Toothless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Who to go with?

          a) Ederson + Azpilicueta
          or
          b) Mendy + Dias

        4. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He almost predicted the exact minute and manner of Villa losing the CS

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23643307

        5. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Watkins on pens now.

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Bad news for owners as that’s -2 if Villa win one

          2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Martinez

        6. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Martinez to Mendy yay or nay? Martinez seems to have the most difficult fixtures till end of season. I am hoping the 2-5 loss yesterday was an aberration for Chelsea.

        7. Sir Alex Telles.
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Why are people selling Big Emi? Ima keep till the end of the season.

        8. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          England should just go Maguire Shaw AWB as a 3 with Trent and Chilwell as WBs. Our CHs are all shocking

        9. son of city
            3 months, 22 days ago

            20pts with 1 player remaining.

            1. fr3d
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              That’s impossible because Kane alone scored 26

          • Kaneyonero
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Areola and Aina 3rd bench. Gundo and Cancelo no show, Bale 2 mins on the pitch. Watkins 1st sub Keane 2nd. Talk about bad luck. At least I captained Kane so there's that lol

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 22 days ago

              What a difference 8 minutes makes aye?

              1. Kaneyonero
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Ah timing eh

          • Nomar
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Great moments on FFS part 237:
            Play Mendy or Martinez this weekend (GW30) lads. They have West Brom and Fulham. Neither can score, so it's the safest CS points you'll ever get.

            1. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              I have Areola on the bench and played Martinez 🙁

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Good decision making

              2. Nomar
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Not a problem now.

          • _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            1 1

          • Cruicky
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Grealish has given most of these Villa lads a career and kept Dean Smith in a job singlehandedly. Special player.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Facts, people still don't realise just how good Grealish is

          • The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Trezeguet G mings A

            1. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Yay no Watkins, Targett involvement

          • JBG
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 22 days ago

            Good, no CS for Areola either, was on my bench.

          • tbos83
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Trezeguet?? Oh come on

            • Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Mings' assist. Southgate will give him the armband.

            • Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Ugh why couldn't that be a Targett assist

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Because he hadn't anything to do with the goal.

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  What?

            • sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Good. Martinez on bps?

              1. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Nope

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Isn't he on 1?

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Wasn't updated. Hope he gets one.

                2. JBG
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  1bp

            • _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              trez again

            • Pukki Party
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Martinez one save away from a bap?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Not anymore i guess

            • La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Egyptian Messi is on a hatty

            • moment
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Gotta laugh, Watkins owners

              1. mynameisq
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                You missed out "at"

            • Zilla
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              The real Egyptian king.

              1. The White Pele
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                no doubt.

            • HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Look and learn Ollie!!

            • mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Somebody here had Keenan Davis coming off the bench

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Davis owner rejoice

            • HonestBlatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 22 days ago

              SEASON OVER