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FPL fans take note: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith outlines Ollie Watkins return timetable

FPL fans take note: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith outlines Ollie Watkins return timetable

Aston Villa see off Newcastle

Aston Villa faced off with Newcastle United in a 3 PM kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides were heading into the game looking to pick up their first points of the season after falling to defeats at the hands of Watford and West Ham on the opening weekend.

And on Saturday, Villa would do just that thanks to a stunning Danny Ings strike and a penalty from Anwar El Ghazi:

When will Ollie Watkins return?

Villa were forced to see off Newcastle without the services of both Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore.

The former was Villa’s top scorer last campaign, and though Danny Ings has come in to take some of the goal-scoring load away from Watkins, Smith and co. would also no doubt like him back as quick as possible.

And, when speaking recently, the Villa boss has outlined when Watkins is expected to return.

Smith stated that he is hopeful Watkins will be back to face Brentford next weekend. However, if not, he will definitely be back after the upcoming international break:

“He’s not healed as quickly as we would have liked so far.

“I’m hopeful that he’ll be back for Brentford. If not, he’ll definitely be back after the international break.

“It was Sod’s law that someone who hasn’t been injured for the last three years gets injured the week before the season starts.

“Bertrand suffered a hamstring injury in the game last week, so he’s going to be out until just after the international break. Other than that, we’re fine.”

Quotes via the Birmingham Mail.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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