"We need the fans more than ever" - Mazzarri
Watford’s sizeable injury list has now got Walter Mazzarri asking fans to make sure they are ready to support whoever takes to the field for the Hornets during the final two festive fixtures.
“Now we need the fans more than ever, especially to support the players who haven’t had as many minutes in the Premier League so far,” Mazzarri said speaking in his pre-Tottenham Hotspur presser.
“It’s a great chance for me to understand what these other players can give to the team, I know they will get that support because the fans have been with us for every minute, home and away.
On the injury front, Daryl Janmaat and Valon Behrami will both miss the New Years Day game with Tottenham Hotspur after picking up knocks in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw with Crystal Palace.
The duo picked up muscular injuries inside the opening 15 minutes on Monday, with Mazzarri admitting the pair could miss three weeks.
Elsewhere Roberto Pereyra (knee), Isaac Success (muscular), Miguel Britos (suspended), Adrian Mariappa (knee) and Ben Watson (family problems) remain sidelined.
There was some encouraging news on Craig Cathcart, with the defender in contention for a return to action against Spurs.
“I hope so, because he started training with us already but he still feels some pain,” Mazzarri said speaking about the Northern Irishman.
“I can use him, he can be available, but he wont be 100 per cent. Also, if I make him start from the first minute, he won’t play for the whole 90 minutes as he hasn’t got that in his legs yet.
Pressed on Okaka’s return, Mazzarri added: “We are hoping for him to return a little earlier, he’s almost ready, but he has a big muscle and we must be careful how we use him.
“He should be back for Middlesbrough, but for the next two games, we will see.”
Visit watfordfc.com on Friday to hear more from Mazzarri’s pre-Tottenham press-conference.