Steve Bruce: 'Aston Villa must help protect Jack Grealish'

Bruce: 'Villa must help protect Grealish'
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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says that Jack Grealish must be 'protected and nurtured' by the club if he is to fulfil his potential.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that Jack Grealish must keep himself out of the "wrong situations" if he wants to progress his career.

Grealish has found himself in trouble for his off-the-pitch behaviour, while on Tuesday he received a three-match ban from the Football Association for a stamp on Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Conor Coady.

Bruce feels that the punishment is harsh on the winger but he has acknowledged that the England Under-21 international must make changes if he is to fulfil his potential.

The 55-year-old told BBC WM: "We have to protect him and nurture him along. We have to help him, make sure he sees it was silly what he did, and that he has to cut it out.

"Unfortunately, we're talking about him in the wrong situation again, when we should be talking about his football. He was our best player on Saturday but he has to realise he has the world watching him as he's got such good talent."

Grealish will be unable to return to action with Villa until their fixture with Blackburn Rovers on November 5.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during a warm- up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on October 3, 2015
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