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Must you decide him for FPL Gameweek 31?


If there’s one participant Aston Villa can ill-afford to be with out throughout the run-in, it is Ollie Watkins.

The Villans have loved a stellar season below Unai Emery regardless of their litany of damage absences. Emiliano Buendia hasn’t kicked a ball this time period, Tyrone Mings has managed solely 31 minutes, whereas Boubacar Kamara succumbed to an ACL tear in February.

Matty Money and Jacob Ramsey are latest additions to the remedy desk, and Emery will hope that Watkins will not be the newest to fall sufferer to the membership’s damage bug.

The England worldwide is in Golden Boot competition having scored 16 Premier League targets, and FPL homeowners, of which there are various, have reaped the rewards. Here is the newest relating to Watkins’ damage heading into Gameweek 31.

Ollie Watkins, Joao Gomes

Watkins was compelled off at half-time towards Wolves / James Baylis – AMA/GettyImages

They are saying that availability is the very best skill, and Watkins has it in abundance. He hasn’t missed a single Aston Villa sport on account of damage since he joined the membership, however that file is below menace heading into Wednesday’s sport on the Etihad.

The English ahead was withdrawn at half-time of Villa’s eventual 2-0 victory over West Midlands rivals Wolves on Saturday with a hamstring damage. It’s not thought-about a significant issue however is sufficient to hold him sidelined for the journey to Manchester Metropolis this week.

The Villa boss offered a extra concrete replace in his press convention on Tuesday, having expressed some concern over Watkins’ damage after Saturday’s sport. However he put Villa followers comfortable.

“Ollie’s damage is a small damage, with some days relaxation, possibly he may very well be obtainable for the subsequent match,” Emery defined. Though that does not assist FPL managers hoping for his involvement this week.

At greatest, Watkins may return to the Villa lineup for the go to of Brentford in Gameweek 32.

Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez has a beneficial fixture in Gameweek 31 / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

There is a full slate of midweek fixtures to take pleasure in as a part of Gameweek 31, and plenty of managers could have to show to options ought to Watkins miss Villa’s journey to Man Metropolis.

Fortuitously, given Watkins’ worth (second highest ahead at £8.9m), there are many choices. In case your focus is on maximising your factors for Gameweek 31, you should not look any additional than Darwin Nunez (£7.6m) with Liverpool internet hosting backside dwellers Sheffield United.

Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke (£7.2m) has additionally scored in back-to-back video games, each at residence, and the Cherries tackle Crystal Palace on the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday night time.

Ought to Watkins miss an prolonged interval, you may be tempted to introduce Jhon Duran, the Englishman’s deputy at Villa Park, into your aspect on a budget. The brutish ahead has loads of potential and is priced at a mere (£5.0m).