He’s served his time and hopefully learnt his lesson, and now it is time for redemption for Jack Grealish, as he’ll return to the first team squad this week to help dig Villa out of their hole.

“Jack Grealish will play for the reserve team on Monday and will probably rejoin the group after that,” said Villa boss Rémi Garde, after the Southampton game.

When you’re managing a team that is the joint lowest scorer in the Premier League, you’d welcome back any player that might have a bit more inventiveness up their sleeve. As MOMS said the other week it’s time for his feet to do the talking, as that is what he will be ultimately judged on.

Before the weekend’s game against Arsenal, Grealish will turn out for Aston Villa’s under-21 team against Derby County on Monday night.

Libor Kozak will also get a run out on Monday night. It became clear last week that Garde doesn’t fancy the Czech striker, but with Rudy Gestede picking up a knock against Southampton, Kozak may have an outside chance of making the squad against Arsenal. Although it has to be said, the Villa boss didn’t seem to think Gestede’s injury was anything to worry about.

Also, Adama Traore,Tiago Ilori and Mark Bunn are due to be involved for the 7pm kick-off at Villa Park (free for season ticket holders, otherwise £2 (adult) and £1 (under-18’s).

Villa will certainly be looking to get something off Arsenal, who must fly to Greece this week for Champions League duty. As well as getting a valuable point or three, certain Villa players owe Villa supporters a performance after last season’s woeful FA Cup final display. You’d include Grealish in that group of players. Here’s hoping he can get his head down and produce the goods to help get Villa out this sorry looking mess.

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