Phillips reacts to 'massive' Grealish development

Kevin Phillips has claimed Jack Grealish’s latest injury setback is a “massive blow” to Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Claret and Blue striker said Dean Smith’s side are “not as fluid” when the 25-year-old is unavailable.

As quoted by the BBC, Smith revealed that the attacking midfielder would be out for another “couple of weeks” after he had been rushed back “a little bit too quickly” from a shin problem.

Grealish has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season, with six goals and 12 assists in his 22 appearances in the division.

Villa have picked up just eight points from a possible 24 in his absence.

When asked for his thoughts on Grealish’s latest injury, Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It is a massive, massive blow.