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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Villa take action over Grealish leak Aston Villa's players have been banned from playing fantasy football competitions as the hunt to find the source who leaked news of Jack Grealish's injury continues. Social media was ablaze with rumours of the talismanic captain's absence 48 hours before their clash with Leicester City on Sunday leading a concerned Dean Smith vowing to find the culprit responsible. On Friday, Twitter account FPL Insider posted how three Villa players, Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane and Neil Taylor, had all transferred the England star out of their team as well as a club performance analyst and a physio. That only intensified talk about Grealish's availability in the build-up to the game against Leicester where manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he had been aware of the rumours circulating on social media on Saturday. A number of top flight players are known to have teams in the game, which is played by millions across the world, but it is becoming a concern that news of their transfers are being made public which is sometimes giving away vital team news. The latest Jack Grealish news straight to your inbox for free Why should you sign up? Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is on course to become a club legend, if he has not cemented his status already. Sign up for our daily Villa bulletin and you can get the latest updates on any updates on the England midfielder, be they transfer related, or just about his latest exploits on the pitch. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. And what's more, it's absolutely free! You can also get all the latest updates by following us on social media here Facebook and Twitter. We also have a free app which you can download. It is always up-to-date with the latest news from across the region. Google Play Store and App Store. According to the Times, Villa's hierarchy know that this is not the only way news of Grealish's injury could have got out, but they have now stopped players and staff from playing in the FPL. A Villa insider is reported to have told the newspaper: “A number of the younger players have Fantasy Premier League sides and have been told in no uncertain terms not to continue to play them due to the potential insider knowledge element." Full story Massive Merson claim Former Aston Villa midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Villa are close to being a ‘relegation team’ without talisman Jack Grealish. The club captain missed his first Premier League match since November 2019 in the 2-1 loss against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon. The defeat means that Villa stayed in eighth position in the table, nine points adrift of West Ham in fourth, although Dean Smith ’s men do have two games in hand over the Hammers, meaning that the gap could be reduced to just three points. When assessing the clubs who could push for a top four finish at the end of the season, Merson was emphatic in his answer on Villa. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "Aston Villa have got no chance!” He told Sky Sports .
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. "If Grealish left at the end of the season, they'd be back fighting where they were last year. I have no doubt about and there is no shame in that.” Merson used an example of Liverpool’s current struggles to emphasise his point. "We've seen a team of Liverpool's stature, with international footballers all over the pitch, crumble without Virgil van Dijk. Without him, they are a completely different team,” he added. Full story Smith fires message to Barkley critics Dean Smith says he's been pleased with Ross Barkley since his return from injury and batted away claims suggesting his form has taken a dip. Barkley was withdrawn before the 90 minutes were up for the fourth game running against Leicester and failed to provide the creative spark needed in the absence of injured talisman Jack Grealish. The 27-year-old was replaced by Jacob Ramsey with 14 minutes to go as the academy graduate completed every one of his passes and injected some much-needed energy into Villa's midfield. Smith, meanwhile, was asked about Barkley following the 2-1 defeat knowing the Chelsea loanee cut a frustrated figure once more as he left the pitch. "It's a long way off the mark to say things aren't working out for him," Smith reiterated, with the reporter suggesting things aren't quite going to plan for the England hopeful. "He had just been substituted after 73 full minutes. "His numbers have been really good in terms of his output on the pitch and we have to remember he's been out for six or seven weeks with a hamstring injury and then had to play games to recapture that fitness because we haven't been able to train." Full story Date set for fans' return Boris Johnson has confirmed that football supporters can return from May 17th at the earliest. As a result, fans could return for the final day of the Premier League season on May 23. Johnson confirmed fans will be allowed back in stadiums from May 17, provisionally, which would allow up to 10,000 supporters or 25 per cent of capacity, whichever is the smaller, back inside grounds. The Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament at 3:30pm and will host a televised press conference at 7pm, explaining his plans to ease restrictions on the country. The first priority for the government is to reopen schools, which could come into effect as early as March 8. From a sporting perspective, outdoor organised sports for adults, such as football, golf and tennis, is expected to be permitted from March 29. As a result, football fans remain eager to know when they could return to their beloved stadiums, after almost a whole year since their last visit. Johnson announced last November that supporters would be permitted to return to stadiums as part of a 'Covid Winter Plan'. Areas in Tier 1 and Tier 2 were allowed 4000 and 2000 supporters at home games, respectively, though that soon changed as the country entered Tier 3 restrictions before the latest national lockdown was imposed just after Christmas. Full story
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