Unai Emery rules Ollie Watkins out of Manchester City clash

England and Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins will sit out their upcoming clash against Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday night (8:15 pm). He sustained an injury during the 2-0 victory over Wolves last Saturday, forcing his substitution at halftime.

The 28-year-old has been in fantastic for Villa so far this season, scoring 16 goals and getting 10 assists in 30 Premier League games. He’ll be a huge miss as his side chases a top-four finish for the first time in the Premier League era.

Watkins’ hamstring injury isn’t expected to be as bad as first feared, and although he won’t feature against City, Aston Villa are hoping he’ll be back in action for their game against Brentford.

“They will not be available,” said Villa manager Unai Emery during his pre-match press conference speaking about Jacob Ramsey, who is back in training after picking up a foot injury against Luton Town, and Watkins.

“They have small injuries. Jacob Ramsey is not getting better like he wants. We are not in a hurry with him. For tomorrow [night], he will not be available.

“With Ollie, more or less the same. Ollie’s injury is a small injury, with some days rest, maybe he could be available for the next match.” Right back Matty Cash is the only other Villa player out with injury.

In addition to Watkins and Ramsey, Villa will also be without Scotland international John McGinn due to suspension.

The international break wasn’t kind to Manchester City. There are doubts surrounding John Stones’ availability, while Ederson, Kyle Walker, and Nathan Ake are confirmed unavailable for selection.

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