Jack Grealish looks set to miss this weekend’s clash with Stoke – but there were positive updates on Albert Adomah, Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason, James Bree and Mile Jedinak.
Grealish has a shin problem and Dean Smith insists he won’t rush his elegant forward back into action – because he doesn’t want to risk long-term damage.
Adomah could be back in contention for the Potters clash while Lansbury and Bjarnason are expected to return against Leeds next week.
James Bree is now back in training while Mile Jedinak is pencilled in to return next week.
Neil Taylor, however, is out of the Stoke game with a hamstring problem picked up in the draw with West Brom.
Head Coach Smith told us: “Jack Grealish is struggling for Saturday. He’s had a shin injury.
“It doesn’t help being the most fouled player in this league – being kicked from pillar to post.
“It’s one we’re going to have to assess and make sure he’s right because I don’t want to risk anything - certainly long-term. We will give him as much time as he needs to come back.
“Albert Adomah has been running on the training field. Saturday might be too quick for him. But we will see if he is ready to come out and train with us tomorrow and take it from there.
“Neil Taylor is out. He has a hamstring injury, which he picked up at West Brom. He’s going to be another couple of weeks.
“Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason are both out running on the training field now, so they are close.
"Neither will be ready for Stoke but I am hoping both will be ready for Leeds.
“James Bree is back on the training field too and Mile Jedinak should be back next week.”