Alan Hutton has admitted it was a “hammer blow” to see Jack Grealish ruled out with an injury setback before Aston Villa took on Fulham.
The former Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed the 25-year-old had been “buzzing” to get back out after his recent layoff.
Speaking after Sunday’s 3-1 win, Dean Smith confirmed Grealish had felt “sore” in training on Saturday and as such was not risked.
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The Villans’ talisman has now missed seven games since suffering a shin injury in training.
Hutton, who is still in touch with Grealish and other old teammates, revealed the attacking midfielder was so excited to get back playing.
As such, he admitted the setback was a kick in the teeth for everybody.