Crocked Grealish turns to Cirque du Soleil trapeze artist for rehab work

By | 12th January 2019

JACK GREALISH is in the care of a former Las Vegas trapeze artist as he recovers from injury.

Craig Smith works for the Cirque du Soleil company in Dubai — and just happens to be the cousin of Aston Villa boss Dean.

Jack Grealish is nearing a return to fitness after a shin injury
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Dean Smith has sent Grealish to train in Dubai and meet up with his trapeze artist cousin
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Grealish, 23, a target for Spurs last summer, is nursing a shin injury.

Villa have sent him to Dubai for warm weather training — and desperately need him to get fit quickly after slipping to 12th on the back of yesterday’s 3-0 thrashing at lowly Wigan.

Boss Smith said: “It’s not a bad gig because my cousin Craig over there works for the Cirque du Soleil.

“He was the British tumbling champion and went to work in Las Vegas for 18 years as a performer.


Dean Smith’s cousin is a trapeze artist for the Cirque du Soleil company in Dubai
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“Jack’s there with our physio Alan Smith to do some rehabilitation and I’ve got my cousin to show him around.

“He’s got him some tickets to the show, I think as well, so Jack will be well looked after out there.”

But the Villa chief was never tempted to follow the same career path as his cousin.

Smith smiled: “I’ve never had a go at it. I left that to him. It was a little bit embarrassing when I went on holiday with him.

“I was belly-flopping into the pool. Let’s just put it like this, he wasn’t!”

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