Jack Grealish is on the receiving end of some nasty knocks.

But there is one match, and one challenge, thats out in the mind of the Aston Villa midfielder months after it happened.

The culprit was Leeds United defender Liam Cooper, who took off with an uncompromising tackle when the two sides met at Elland Road in April.

Giorish's ankles – and the 24-year-old admits it was.



Jack Grealish of Aston Villa

"It was the worst tackle ever had on me, even if it was not even a foul," he told The Athletic. "When I say the worst tackle, I mean … I'm just lucky I've got flexible ankles.

"The doctor said to me that any other player would have broken their ankle after that challenge.

"Hey wins the ball but if you watch what happens after, he comes through me and takes me out. I'm so lucky not to be seriously injured.

I've got to go to the PFA Awards that night all strapped up. I certainly got away with one there.

"It's a good night in the end because I'm getting the recognition from my fellow professional in the Championship team of the season."

Grealish was even approached by Kalvin Phillips after the 1-1 draw in April.

"He told me after the game that he wanted to stop me," Grealish said. "It does not bother me. I actually like getting kicked. "

Grealish added: "But, to be honest, I hated that Leeds game. For some reason the fans hate me up there. "

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