Steve Bruce fears Jack Grealish could be out until Christmas as the full extent of the Aston Villa playmaker’s freak injury emerges.
Grealish suffered a serious kidney injury after landing on top of Tom Cleverley during Saturday's friendly against Watford and required surgery to rectify the problem.
The 21-year-old is still recovering in hospital with no discharge date yet decided and Bruce sounded a bleak prognosis having visited his player on Monday.
Jack Grealish could be out until Christmas after undergoing surgery on his kidney injury
The 21-year-old suffered the freak injury after colliding with Watford star Tom Cleverley
Grealish’s father Kevin said his son would be out for at least two to three months in a Facebook post but the Villa manager is not optimistic due to the nature of the injury.
‘It could be much longer,’ said Bruce. ‘He's poorly at the minute. I went to see him in hospital. Things aren’t great. We hope that he has a speedy recovery,