Tom Cleverley, who has captained the Hornets in recent weeks and played alongside Dele-Bashiru in midfield, knows what it’s like to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has offered his young teammate an arm round the shoulder.
“It’s a massive blow for him and also for us as a team, he was really learning fast and was going to be an important player for us this season,” said the 31-year-old.
“He’s a great lad and I hope his good attitude will help him get back as soon as possible.
“He should think about all the good things he has ahead of him in his career and the good times he will have when he gets back on the pitch. We all wish him well.”