Oliver George Arthur Watkins, an English professional footballer who plays forward for Premier League team Aston Villa and the England national team, was born on December 30, 1995.
According to injury specialist, Ben Dinnery, Aston Villa star striker Ollie Watkins could miss their next game due to illness, despite training with the team this week.
The Villans play on Friday night in search of just their second victory of the 22/23 Premier League campaign after going winless in their previous four games, three of which ended in losses and dropped them to 17th place in the standings.
To the dismay of the supporters and manager Steven Gerrard, they may not be able to field their star striker, Watkins, against Southampton on Friday night at Villa Park.
The 26-year-old was taken ill throughout the week, according to Dinnery, who also stated on the Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel that despite exercising with the club, there remains a question mark over his availability that needs to be investigated.
Ollie Watkins was sick earlier in the week, and although he has trained, this may cast some doubt on whether or not he will be ready to start. As a result, Danny Ings was mentioned. (1:29)
The Villans are in desperate need of a victory against the Saints; if other results this weekend go against them, they risk finishing in the bottom three.
If Watkins does end up missing the game, their situation has just become much more challenging. The former Brentford player, who Michael Owen called a “great player,” has already scored a goal and provided two assists for the team this year. He also contributes to the defensive side of the ball.
Watkins places in the 92nd percentile for blocks, 67th for pressures, and 65th for clearances, according to Fbref. Without Watkins, they lose more than just a goal threat; they also lose a reliable defensive presence, making it tough to see how they might win without him.