Mystery surrounds Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish on Sunday night as police investigated reports of a Range Rover crashing into parked cars in a Birmingham suburb.
Images emerged on social media on Sunday of a white Range Rover, as well as a separate picture of a man resembling Grealish apparently in conversation with another person. The person in question is wearing odd footwear – with one slipper and one slider. It is not clear when the pictures were taken.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the £70,000 vehicle crashed into two stationary cars, adding that they would like to speak to the driver.
The white Range Rover was pictured damaged after reports of a crash with parked cars
An image of a man resembling Jack Grealish, wearing slippers, circulated on social media, claiming he was nearby the incident
The statement said: ‘We were called to Waterside, Dickens Heath, just before 10am to reports that a Range Rover had crashed into two parked cars in the street,’ the statement read.
‘The driver left his details with a member of the public at the scene before leaving on foot, and will be spoken to by police in due course.
‘Minor damage was caused to the parked vehicles. Officers are investigating the circumstances and anyone with information has been asked to get in touch.’
Grealish is the club captain of Aston Villa and has been with his boyhood club since 2001
The accident occurred outside an estate where Grealish’s Aston Villa team-mate Ross McCormack owns a luxury penthouse.
Current government advice during the coronavirus crisis states that citizens should leave their homes only to shop for basic necessities, to exercise once a day, for any medical need, or travelling to work if they cannot work from home.
On Saturday, Grealish appeared to echo that advice as he posted a video for his Twitter followers pleading with them to stay at home.
‘To help save lives, you must stay at home,’ he said.
‘Only leave your house to buy food, buy medicine or for exercise and always remember to stay at least two metres apart. This is urgent. Protect the NHS. Stay home. Save lives.’
The 24-year-old has established himself as a key man for Villa and is currently club captain
As with the rest of the Premier League, Villa’s players are currently following fitness programmes at home, with their Bodymoor Heath training ground closed.
Grealish, who earns around £45,000 a week at Villa Park, joined his boyhood club at the age of six and has worked his way up the ranks to become a key player for the Midlands outfit.
The 24-year-old has heavily been linked with a move away from the club in recent season due to his impressive performances in midfield – coming close to joining Tottenham last season, although the move failed to come to fruition.
Since making his breakthrough in the 2013-14 season, he has gone on to play 176 times, scoring 24 goals and providing 22 assists.
Grealish has never featured for the England senior side but has played seven times for the U21 team. He has played in two cup finals for Villa, starting in both the FA Cup final in 2014-15 and the Carabao Cup final this season.