JACK GREALISH returned to training with Aston Villa today to end his five-week injury exile ahead of a swift return against Fulham on Sunday.
Villa posted video footage of their 25-year-old skipper looking in top shape on Monday.
And he dribbled around mannequins and took part in a full training session with his non-international teammates.
It may have come too late for Gareth Southgate’s England, who play Poland on Wednesday.
But superstitious Villa fans have their fingers crossed the omens point to a late end of season surge and possible Euro qualifying place.
Two seasons ago Grealish missed three months with a similar shin injury.
And Villa’s form slumped as they managed just two wins from their next 14 games.
However Grealish’s return sparked a dramatic 10-game unbeaten run, including nine straight victories.
And Villa surged into the play-off places on their way to promotion at Wembley.
This time Villa faced six games, against Leicester, Leeds, Sheffield United, Wolves, Newcastle and Tottenham without their talismanic skipper – collecting just five points from a possible 18.
Now Villa fans have spotted their side have 10 Premier games remaining when Grealish makes his eagerly anticipated comeback game against the Cottagers.
One fan Tweeted: “10 games to go. Jack back from injury, I’ve heard this before ….”
While another commented: “Announce Europe!”