The reason for Grealish’s absence as Mitrovic is recalled for Villa v Fulham |

Having returned to full training over the March international break, Jack Grealish was expected to make a playing comeback for Aston Villa’s clash with Fulham this afternoon.

The Villa talisman is absent from the hosts’ matchday squad, however, with Sky Sports reporting that the England international pulled up in training on Saturday.

Dean Smith makes one change to the side that started the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham last time out.

Anwar El Ghazi comes in for Trezeguet in the Villa head coach’s only tweak to his starting XI.

Scott Parker has made four alterations to the side that started the Cottagers’ defeat to Leeds United a fortnight ago.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is the most notable name among the quartet of returnees, with Josh Maja dropping to the bench.

Bobby Decordova-Reid, Kenny Tete and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also additions to Parker’s line-up, with Antonee Robinson, Ivan Cavaleiro and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa dropping to the bench.

Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi

Fulham XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina, Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Mitrovic.

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