Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has dropped Jack Grealish from the club’s first-team squad after he was seen partying in a nightclub just hours after their 4-0 defeat by Everton on Saturday.
According to The Telegraph, the midfielder has been told to train with the development squad, after it was revealed on Monday in The Daily Mail that friends in the group he was with were seen drinking and inhaling nitrous oxide.
With Villa without a win since the opening day of the season and sitting rock bottom of the Premier League, Garde is under huge pressure to turn things around in a bid to avoid relegation.
Reports suggest that Grealish will not be fined as he isn’t seen doing anything wrong in the video, but his actions are sure to be an unwanted distraction for struggling Villa.
The 20-year-old has struggled for form this season, and the appointment of Garde – who replaced Tim Sherwood this month – could harm his chances of regaining a first-team place.
The latest controversy comes after Grealish was pictured lying in a street whilst on holiday in Tenerife, and further newspaper revelations show him inhaling nitrous oxide.
With Villa five points off safety already, Saturday’s game against Watford at Villa Park has become a must-win game.
Garde could decide to drop Grealish from the first-team squad as he looks to become the first Premier League manager in history to achieve Premier League safety after managing a team with only five points from the first 13 games.
After bursting on to the scene last season with a Man of the Match display in the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool, Grealish has failed to replicate such dazzling performances. He scored his first Villa goal in a 3-2 loss to Leicester City, but has only completed 90 minutes five times in 12 appearances this season.
The midfielder pledged his allegiance to England in September, having represented Ireland at every level up to under-21s.