17/08/2017

Injury Update | Hornets Return To Training

The Hornets have welcomed a number of first-team players back into training after their respective injuries this week.

Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Brice Dja Djédjé (fractured finger) rejoined the group during the middle of the week, while Mauro Zárate (knee) is also continuing to step-up his recovery on the Hornets' UCL training pitches.

Performance Director Gavin Benjafield said: "Christian has recovered well from his hamstring injury, and Brice is also putting in full sessions with the team, although he is still wearing a finger brace. It's been good to see them back on the pitch.

"Mauro is in full training with the team and his fitness is improving week-on-week. His availability for games is still under observation and it's up to the manager when he feels he's fit and ready to get some match minutes."

Craig Cathcart (muscle injury) continues to undergo an advanced rehabilitation programme, including team-based sessions outside, while Troy Deeney (groin) returned to full training at the end of last week and is recovering well.

"Troy has been putting in some big training sessions with the team as well as doing some individual work outside of team training sessions," said Benjafield.

Finally, Tommie Hoban (knee) has undergone successful anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery and will initially continue his recovery at the Isokinetic clinic in London.

Benjafield said: "Tommie saw a specialist very well-known in the London area and will now be rehabilitating at Isokinetic for the initial phase before he comes back to UCL."

Click HERE for an update on Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul from earlier this week.

First Team 13/08/2017

Britos | “It Was A Great Atmosphere”

Miguel Britos said a combined effort between those in the stands and those on the pitch drove Watford towards their late leveller against Liverpool yesterday.

The Uruguayan scored the 94th-minute equaliser in a gripping 3-3 draw at The Vic, but after the final whistle moved to praise the important contributions of his teammates as well as the excellent backing of the Hornets’ supporters.

He told watfordfc.com: “On the pitch we were supporting each other, saying 'come on, come on, we can do it'.

“We created two or three chances to score and this is the way we have to carry on and play.

“The fans helped us out a lot. It was very nice to feel the fans’ support, especially in the last minute. It was a great atmosphere.

“As a team we played well, especially the first-half. The new players adapted very quickly, but we have to improve our performance, correct our mistakes and carry on.”

For more reaction, stats, social media and highlights head to the watfordfc.com Match Review.