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Jack Grealish could return as Manchester City face former club Aston Villa

The England midfielder has missed the Premier League champions’ last three games with a knock sustained on international duty.

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Jack Grealish has missed the Premier League champions’ last three games (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Jack Grealish has missed the Premier League champions’ last three games (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Jack Grealish has missed the Premier League champions’ last three games (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Manchester City’s record signing Jack Grealish could return to face former club Aston Villa on Wednesday.

The England midfielder, who joined City in a £100million deal in the summer, has missed the Premier League champions’ last three games with a knock sustained on international duty.

Team-mate Phil Foden is also hoping to prove his fitness after being sidelined for matches against Paris St Germain and West Ham in the past week.

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Jack Grealish (right) got injured in action for England (John Walton/PA)

Jack Grealish (right) got injured in action for England (John Walton/PA)

Jack Grealish (right) got injured in action for England (John Walton/PA)

Manager Pep Guardiola said: “In the training sessions, for Jack yesterday was his first minutes with the team. For Phil too.

“Today both will be tested to see if they can travel tomorrow to Birmingham to play.”

The midweek Premier League trip to Villa Park looks like it is coming too soon for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgium international contracted coronavirus during the international break earlier this month and has only just completed his isolation.

“Kevin still didn’t train,” Guardiola said. “He’s negative from the last test but he could not train.”

The game will see Guardiola come up against Steven Gerrard for the first time since the former Liverpool captain became a manager.

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Kevin De Bruyne (second right) contracted coronavirus during the international break (David Davies/PA)

Kevin De Bruyne (second right) contracted coronavirus during the international break (David Davies/PA)

Kevin De Bruyne (second right) contracted coronavirus during the international break (David Davies/PA)

Gerrard has won his first two matches since leaving Rangers to take charge at Villa following the sacking of Dean Smith.

Guardiola added: “If he’s a manager in the Premier League, he’s already a good manager.

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