Dele-Bashiru must be chomping at the bit to be back involved given the form the team are in and the way this season is shaping up to end in a thrilling denouement. But the 21-year-old is a little way off returning to light training and is being held back until the time is right.
“No-one wants to rush me back,” he said. “This is a long-term injury and maybe I'll be back at the end of this season or the start of the next. We are meeting each goal and then moving onto the next one.”
Hornets hero Richard Johnson knows all about long-term injuries from his playing days and he is advising Dele-Bashiru to only come back when he is right.
“Mentally it can be tough,” said the former midfielder. “You can feel alone half the time as you are not mixing with the main group. It's hard to keep your spirits up, but things have changed from my days as he's now got lots of people round him and the medical staff are so good. The biggest thing is not to rush back. You can feel good and want to go on and do that bit extra and then you have a set-back. You have to be patient.”