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Aston Villa boss Smith: Grealish up for Newcastle clash

Dean Smith says Jack Grealish is relishing Monday's night clash with Newcastle United at his 'happy place': Villa Park.

The midfielder suffered a calf injury against Manchester City last month, but is set to make his comeback against the Magpies.

"He has been training with us the last week so I have no doubts that he will be there in his happy place at Villa Park playing in front of the fans," said Villa manager Smith.

He added: "He has been frustrated with the injury," the Villa boss added.

"He was in a rich vein of form, nominated for the October Player of the Month, and unfortunately he got a dead calf against Manchester City at the end of the game and ended up missing Liverpool and Wolves.

"He thought he would make both games and unfortunately he didn't.

"The fact that he hasn't got called up - he can't control that. All he can control is to keep performing and to keep making sure he keeps putting on as much pressure on those who have to make those decisions."

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