Aston Villa boss Dean Smith may have solidified his team’s defense, but he will now seek to plug a leak at his club after news of Jack Grealish’s injury spreads to social media before the Premier League’s 2-1 home loss on Sunday to Leicester City.
Grealish missed the game with a minor leg injury, with Smith claiming after the game that the England international felt uncomfortable in training and the problem was “not a recurrence of an old injury and not long term ”.
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News of Grealish’s injury surfaced on social media a day before Villa’s game against Leicester.
“I was informed that on social media there had been rumors that he was not going to play,” Smith said. “If it comes out of our training ground, then I’m going to find out where it came from and berate where it came from.
“This is something I would not be happy with and we’ll get to the bottom of it. “
The Times newspaper reported on Monday that players at the Birmingham-based club had been banned from participating in the popular Fantasy Premier League game over concerns over the team’s news leaking online.
Competitors in the online game create a team of real players and collect points when they score goals, make saves or provide assists on the field.
A Twitter account called FPL Insider pointed out that Villa’s Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane and Neil Taylor, along with two staff members, all transferred Grealish out of their fantastic squads before the game’s transfer deadline on Friday.
Villa did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Villa are eighth in the table with 36 points after 23 games and face Leeds United, 12th with 32 points in 24 games, at Elland Road on Saturday.