Dean Smith on Brentford tie
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With Aston Villa having a few first-team players on the sidelines, updates on these injuries was the main topic of today's press conference ahead of tomorrow's game with Brentford.

One thing Villa fans will have been listening in for today was news on last season's top goal-scorer Ollie Watkins.

Speaking about the striker, Smith said: "Ollie Watkins will train with us today and if he gets through training, he'll be available for selection," Smith said.

This comes as good news for the Villans as despite Watkins scoring the bulk of last season's goals, the England striker offered much more to the team than goals. His tireless running off the ball and his immense hold-up play gave Smith's side a quality out-ball last season.

It would be a surprise if Watkins started tomorrow against the Bees but having him back on the bench will bring a great boost to the team and fans.

However, it will come as a great disappointment that Leon Bailey remains sidelined. He will be given the international break to recover from his injury and build up his match fitness.

The same applies to Frenchman Morgan Sanson. Despite training all of this week, he will be given the international break to build up his match fitness through some in-house friendlies.

Bertrand Traoré and Keinan Davis are also unavailable.

With the transfer window coming to an end, Villa fans will be keeping their eyes peeled for any potential comings and goings. However, the Villa boss remains confident that his current crop of players have enough.

He said: "We've brought some quality players in and I believe we've got some of the most talented youngsters in the Premier League within our squad. I don't feel that we need to stretch out anywhere else."

"This may come as a disappointment to some, however after watching many of our young stars smash Barrow on Tuesday, I have every hope that some of them can be an integral part of this season's squad."

Smith faces his old side on Saturday, headed up by his former assistant Thomas Frank.

Smith apparently used to live in London with Frank and former Villa assistant Richard O'Kelly.

"I was certainly cheering them on to get into the Premier League and I'm looking forward to pitting my wits against my old assistant, Thomas Frank. Their progress has been there for all to see over the last seven or eight years," Smith said.

"We have to go and do the business, make sure we perform and get a win because they've started well and look hard to beat," he added.

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