Leeds United face Aston Villa on Saturday and the visitors could travel to Elland Road with significant absentees after they missed out against Leicester City.

The Villans looked well off the pace against Leicester on Sunday and it was largely down to the lack of Jack Grealish in their squad.

The attacking midfielder has been one of the best players in the league this season and it’s clear that his non-presence would cause an impact.

Something that we can sympathise with as we battle on at the moment without Kalvin Phillips.

Leeds have Southampton to look forward to on Tuesday but after that is the tasty meeting between us and Villa, as we’ll be hoping for a similar outcome as the reverse fixture.

Last time, Leeds came away from Villa Park with an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to a Patrick Bamford hattrick.

Reports have claimed that Dean Smith was set to be without his talisman, Grealish, for the trip to West Yorkshire this weekend after he picked up an injury.

Following their home defeat to the Foxes on Sunday, Smith issued a positive update on Grealish.

“It is certainly not a long-term injury,” he said prior to the Leicester clash.

“I’m hopeful he can play vs Leeds, if not soon after that. Rumours of a month are not true, the medical staff have not told me anything.”

Smith will want Grealish to play in every game this season so it’s no shock that he’s hoping he can be back.

A week to recover might be a blessing for him after sitting out this week, so we might just have to expect that he’s playing.

We struggled to cope with him without Phillips at Villa Park but as we grew into the game, he fell massively out of favour against us.

There’s still no denying that he’s one of the best midfielders in the league this season so it would be huge if he was absent.