Jack Grealish has revealed he played through the pain barrier earlier in the season for Aston Villa, playing until ‘the pain got too much’.
The 23-year-old returned from a shin injury in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Derby, marking his return to the side with a stunning volley from the edge of the area.
The playmaker had not played since the 2-2 draw with West Brom on December 7, but admits he had been carrying the injury for several weeks prior to that fixture.
“Since Swansea I had it,” Grealish told avfc.co.uk. “Obviously the manager comes in and you get an injury after his first game you don’t really want to pull out.
“You want to impress the manager and keep on playing so I carried on. I must have played about seven or eight games with it and then, in the end, the Middlesbrough game and the West Brom one, the pain got too much.
“I had a scan the morning after the West Brom game and it wasn’t good news. The Doc rang me and gave me the news, he was devastated for me. It wasn’t until he came round my house that he told me. I think he wanted to tell me to my face how long I’d be out for.
“The six weeks before that we’d beat Derby away, we’d beat Middlesbrough and Blues at home. We had a lot of good wins and performances under our belt. I was just devastated really.”