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Team news: Chester, Grealish, Green and Lansbury

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Team news: Chester, Grealish, Green and Lansbury

James Chester could come back into contention for Friday Night Football against Sheffield United. 

Chester has been back in training this week after spending time off the pitches due to a troublesome knee problem. 

Head Coach Dean Smith will now assess him in the morning before making a final call on his backline against the Blades. 

If Chester doesn’t make it, Smith won’t be short of options as he spoke glowingly of centre-back partnership Tommy Elphick and Tyrone Mings, who excelled against Reading with a clean sheet.  

He told us: “He’s trained a couple of days this week. What we will do is have a look in the morning – we’ll have a look at how he is and take it from there. 

“But I thought Tyrone and Tommy did really well at Reading. They gave us a really solid base, along with Conor and Glenn in front of them. 

“Tyrone’s distribution was outstanding and defensively they understood what they needed to do. They were very organised and very vocal.” 

InterviewJGOOOIn further positive news, Jack Grealish is back in light training while Andre Green has been out on the fields all week after overcoming his hamstring issue. 

He continued: “Jack wants to come back as soon as possible, like we all want him to.  

“But it was a very serious injury – a bone-stress. We had to make sure he was wrapped in cotton wool a little bit.  

“He’s back out on the grass now. He was a bit disappointed I didn’t go over and watch his session yesterday so I went over and watched today. He’s shown me he can strike a ball and run.  

“So it’s now about how much load he can tolerate in training and how close his fitness puts him to the matchday squad.  

“Obviously when you lose what I believe is the best player in the league, it’s going to affect you.  

“Andre is back. He’s trained with us all week. He’s back from a hamstring injury.” 

The only negative update was on Henri Lansbury, who’s still some way off returning from his hamstring problem. 

He added: “Henri is not quite there yet. He’s still with the medical staff. I haven’t really got a timeframe with him.”

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 7th February 2019