Aston Villa will be without captain Jack Grealish for a third Premier League game in a row when it will face Sheffield United on Wednesday, manager Dean Smith said.

Grealish has still not recovered from the leg injury that he sustained in training last month but Smith said he was hopeful that the England international will return to training later this week.

“He won’t be ready for the game tomorrow, he’s not travelling with us,” Smith told a news conference on Tuesday.

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“We’ll decide whether we can get him on the training ground later in the week. He’s working with the doctor and the rehab staff every day.

“It’s frustrating because he’s a top player and we’d be a better team having him in it. But it’s one of those things – players get injured. It’s how you cope without those top players.”

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