Aston Villa's Grealish reveals near-fatal accident after Cleverley challenge

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish has made an incredible claim that he almost died after freak injury sustained in pre-season.

Adam Clayton of Middlesbrough collides with Jack Grealish of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa...

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish has revealed that an incident in pre-season could have cost him his life before the start of the 2017/18 campaign, in quotes via the Mirror.

The Midlands outfit were playing Watford in a pre-season friendly, and Grealish ended up in hospital after a pretty innocuous challenge from ex-Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. However, the challenge had potentially fatal consequences, as the forward later revealed.

"I took a kick to the kidney and it split in two places. It was pouring with blood, internally, for about five hours," the Villa man said.

​"It's the worst pain I’ve ever been in. I went to Heartlands hospital in Birmingham. They found out what it was and I was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth for an operation. Before it happened, the surgeon had to tell me the consequences of what could happen if it didn't work.

"He looked me in the eye and said, 'Jack, you could die'. My reply was, 'What?' I was genuinely scared. I was expecting to be back inside a week, but it was three or four months."

The 22-year-old claimed that the whole ordeal actually had a positive outcome though and spurred him on, stating that it forced him to work hard and to enjoy what he has, because everything can be taken away in an instant.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa is seen at the full time whistle as fans invade the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and...

And his positive attitude has been there for all to see in the run-in to the season, with Grealish putting in exciting performances on a regular basis and finally fulfilling the promise he showed three years ago, during the FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

The play-maker's biggest challenge is still to come though, as he will step out at Wembley to face Fulham in the Championship play-off final in front of 40,000 travelling Villa fans on Saturday.

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