Unai Emery provides Ollie Watkins injury update after half-time sub | Football

The striker only lasted 45 minutes against Wolves (Picture: Getty Images)

Unai Emery is hopeful Ollie Watkins has not sustained a serious injury after he was withdrawn at half-time of Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday.

Villa maintained their grip on fourth place in the Premier League table and ended the day 11 points clear of sixth-placed Manchester United after dispatching their West Midlands rivals.

Moussa Diaby opened the scoring in the first half with a stunning finish before Ezri Konsa wrapped up the win in the second half with a looping, mis-hit cross sneaking in at the far post.

It was not all good news for Villa, though, with topscorer Watkins withdrawn at half-time and replaced by youngster Jhon Duran.

Emery is hopeful the issue will not keep Watkins out of action for long, with the forward having been keen to play on, but his hamstring will need to be assessed over the coming days.

Speaking to Sky Sports about why Watkins was subbed off, Emery said: ‘He was feeling something in his hamstring and I think we have to wait for tomorrow.

‘Hopefully it’s not a big injury but it’s his hamstring.’

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins

Watkins is now a doubt to face Man City on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

At his post-match press conference, he added: ‘He told us he could play on but the doctor said not to take any risks.

‘We will scan him tomorrow morning and hopefully it will not show a lot, but I don’t know.’

Losing Watkins even for a few days would be a huge blow for Villa, with the side back in action away to Manchester City on Wednesday before hosting Brentford on Saturday.

Reflecting on his side’s win over Wolves, Emery said: ‘I’m very happy. Here in Villa Park it’s special to play, especially after we lost against Tottenham in the last Premier League game we played here.

‘It was very important to recover our structure, our gameplan, focusing and being successful in our way. We started a little bit soft and they were dominating the match.

‘Progressively we were getting better and then we created chances and didn’t concede a lot in 90 minutes. I think we deserved to win. It was very important today to win with our supporters here.’

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