Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he knew of Jack Grealish’s injury before Leicester City beat Aston Villa amid talk of a leak at the club.
Rumours of his injury-enforced absence began circulating on social media the day before the game, and Rodgers has now admitted that he also caught wind of the news ahead of time.
The Leicester boss told reporters post-match: “We always have to prepare that he Grealish was going to play.
“I’d heard maybe 24 hours before that there was a doubt but you can never always believe things, the rumours that go around, so we have to be aware and think that he is going to play.”
Villa head coach Smith expressed his frustration over the leaked team information after the final whistle and promisedto take action against those responsible.
“I was made aware on social media there were rumours he was not going to play,” he said.
“If that is coming out of our training ground I will find out where it is coming from and reprimand whoever it is coming from.
“It is something I wouldn’t be happy with and we will certainly get to the bottom of it.”
Smith was unable to give a specific time-frame for Grealish’s recovery, but he did confirm that the midfielder is dealing with a leg issue that won’t be “long term”.
Villa are due back in Premier League action on Saturday away at Leeds Unitedand they are due to play host tobottom-of-the-table Sheffield United three days later.
Smith added on Grealish’s chances of being fit for those fixtures: “If I’m an optimist maybe he’ll be back for Leeds or, if not, Sheffield United but I have to be guided by him and the medical staff and see how it is.”
Leicester stayed third in the Premier League after their latest victory, 10 points behind leaders Manchester City but six ahead of fifth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
Villa, meanwhile, dropped to eighth following their loss to the Foxes, and they now sit nine points behind fourth-place West Ham having played two games fewer.
Source : goal.com