Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa meet for the primary time this season within the ultimate Premier League recreation earlier than the worldwide break.
The two groups had been scheduled to satisfy in January, however a coronavirus outbreak on the Villa coaching floor meant the fixture needed to be postponed and with neither facet within the FA Cup quarter-final, the sport takes place this night.
It’s an essential recreation for each Dean Smith and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho because the battle for the European locations is heating up with every passing week.
Speaking of the Villa supervisor, he delivered an harm replace on Jack Grealish throughout his pre-match press convention on Friday afternoon.
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“I do know Aston Villa followers will be fretting that it is a long-term harm,” Smith advised reporters. “It’s not a long-term harm as I’ve stated. It’s all the time been one the place we have been guided by Jack who’s been struggling the ache.
“I can 99.9 per cent say he’ll be undoubtedly again for Fulham if he would not make Sunday.
“It’s simply been one of these issues the place we have needed to pull him out for a quantity of video games.”
Grealish has been out of motion since sustaining a shin drawback in coaching a month in the past, inflicting him to overlook Villa’s final 5 video games in succession and will not make his return in opposition to Tottenham.
This has been revealed by the Birmingham Mail as Smith should as soon as once more devise a plan without his key participant and captain for the visit of a wounded Spurs facet.
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The attacking midfielder’s absence is actually a serious blow for Villa, however he isn’t the one participant Smith will be without for the visit of Mourinho’s facet.
As revealed by the membership’s web site, altogether, there are three senior Aston Villa players who will miss this night’s Premier League assembly with the Spurs at Villa Park.
This checklist contains Kortney Hause (ankle) and Wesley (knee) who’ve each been coaching however are more likely to construct up their health with a pleasant over the worldwide break, whereas Bertrand Traore is predicted to be within the squad.