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Furious Aston Villa boss Smith vows to take action over Jack Grealish rumours

Fuming Dean Smith bemoaned a triple whammy after Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish was ruled out.

Smith revealed he pulled Grealish out of training on Friday after the star suffered discomfort in his leg.

The Villa boss was then further frustrated to see online rumours emerge over the weekend of Grealish's injury which alerted the Foxes.

To deepen Smith's woes, Leicester capitalised to exploit the absence of Villa's talisman in a 2-1 Premier League win.

Boss Smith fumed: “I have been made aware that on social media there have been rumours he wasn't going to play.

“If it has been coming out of our training ground then I will find out where that is coming from and reprimand it.

“It is something I wouldn't be happy with and we will certainly get to the bottom of it.”

But Smith insists Villa have enough quality to win matches without Grealish, who missed his first League game in 15 months and could now be out up to four weeks.

Smith added: "You are always going to miss a top class player, take Jack Grealish out of any team and you'd miss him but the XI that was out there was good enough to win.

“Jack is going to be a loss because he is an exceptional player with a great personality but we still had enough there to beat Leicester.

“I don't put the loss down to Jack Grealish not being in the team.

“It is not going to be a long-term injury, I will be guided by the medical staff and Jack himself.

"We have other players who can score goals.”

Smith revealed he tore into Villa at half-time after a lame display which saw Leicester lead 2-0 after goals from James Maddison and Harvey Barnes before Bertrand Traore pulled a goal back after the break.

He said: “I was disappointed with our first half. It took some harsh words from me at half-time to lift us.

“It was a long way back after giving two goals away in a poor first half performance.

“But second half we were much better and more aggressive.

“They were hanging on at the end to get the result.”

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