Rodgers’ honest admission after Jack Grealish leak leaves Dean Smith fuming

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits he knew about the rumours claiming Aston Villa star Jack Grealish would miss out against his side.

The claims emerged online on Friday and a furious Dean Smith vowed to take action after Villa were beaten 2-1 by the Foxes on Sunday, with Grealish missing out after "discomfort in training".

"I have been made aware that on social media there have been rumours he wasn't going to play," said the Villa boss.

"If it has been coming out of our training ground then I will find out where that is coming from and reprimand it."

In his own post-match interview, Rodgers confirmed he knew of the speculation surrounding Grealish but insisted he had to prepare on the assumption the rumours were false.

“We always have to prepare that he was going to play,” said the Foxes boss.

“I’d heard maybe 24 hours before that there was a doubt but you can never always believe things, the rumours that go around.

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“So we have to be aware and think that he is going to play.”

The news that Grealish could miss out against Leicester surfaced after it was noticed numerous Villa players and staff had transferred the England international out of their fantasy teams.

Although Rodgers maintains he did not adjust his preparations due to the leak, Smith has no doubt Leicester benefitted from the early team information.

"Yeah, it certainly does (give the opposition a leg-up) and it's something I wouldn't be happy with so we'll certainly get to the bottom of this," said Smith.

First-half goals by James Maddison and Harvey Barnes set Leicester on course for victory at Villa Park, though Bertrand Traore pulled one back for the hosts shortly after the interval.

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