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Watkins, Bailey, Traore – Aston Villa injury latest and return dates

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith will make a raft of changes for the game against Barrow on Tuesday night.

The Carabao Cup trip to Cumbria comes between Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United and a Premier League clash with Brentford.

Smith will give a chance at Barrow to fringe players ahead of transfer deadline day next week.

The cup clash will likely come too soon for striker Ollie Watkins, though, who did not recover from a bruised knee sustained in a friendly earlier this month in time to face Newcastle.

Other players who have begun the campaign injured include Bertrand Traore (hamstring), Morgan Sanson (knee), Trezeguet (knee) and Keinan Davis.

Villa‘s star striker Watkins has been a key absentee for the first couple of games of the new season but goals from Danny Ings have ensured he has not been missed too badly.

Leon Bailey missed the Newcastle game with a slight hamstring issue having made his debut against Watford.

“He’s not healed as quickly as we would have liked so far,” Smith said of Watkins.

“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.”

Here’s the latest injury news from Bodymoor Heath…

Leon Bailey

Injury: Hamstring.

Target return date: Saturday, August 28 – vs Brentford

What we know: Felt his hamstring in training and Villa did not want to put him at risk.

What Dean Smith said: “He’s just felt his hamstring. He had an injury in the summer playing for Jamaica and it just tightened up in training and we just can’t risk it.”

Ollie Watkins

Injury: Knee.

Target return date: Saturday, August 28 – vs Brentford

What we know: Headed down the tunnel after being taken off against Salernitana in the second half of the pre-season friendly and has missed games against Watford and Newcastle.

What Smith said: The Villa boss confirmed that Watkins has failed to recover from a bruised knee in time to face Newcastle but is hopeful he will be fit for the visit of former club Brentford.

Bertrand Traore

Injury: Hamstring.

Target return date: Saturday, September 11 – vs Chelsea

What we know: Traore was forced off after sustaining the injury during a behind-closed-doors friendly fixture against Liverpool at Anfield on August 15.

What Dean Smith said: Smith has confirmed that Traore will now be out until after the international break and has pencilled in the Chelsea game as a potential return to action.

Morgan Sanson

Injury: Knee.

Target return date: In contention to make the squad for Brentford.

What we know: Sanson has had a tough start to life at Villa after swapping Marseille for the Midlands in January, missing the final nine games of the season because of a knee injury and all of pre-season.

He was an absentee too on Saturday against Newcastle but has been back in training.

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Trezeguet

Injury: Knee.

Target return date: No return date yet pencilled in but still faces several more months on the sidelines.

What we know: Villa will be expecting Trezeguet back at some point this season after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury involving ligament damage in April.

What Smith said: “He’s had a significant knee injury which is normally nine months. We never like to put a time frame on injuries but that’s the average time to come back. Some come back earlier, some come back later.”

Keinan Davis

Injury: Unspecified.

Target return date: Reports claim he could be out until the start of October.

What Smith said: Davis picked up the injury in pre-season, reportedly scuppering a loan move to Stoke City.

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