Pereyra | “It Hasn’t Been An Easy Period”
It’s been a frustrating first 18 months in a Watford shirt for Roberto Pereyra. The buzz around the club was enormous when the Argentine playmaker joined from Juventus in August 2016.
He scored on his debut at Vicarage Road against Arsenal and followed that up with the Goal of the Season against Leicester City. However, since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester City last December Pereyra will be the first to admit he has struggled to re-find his fitness and fulfil his early promise in a yellow shirt.
“It hasn’t been an easy period for me due to the injuries,” Pereyra said.
“It’s normal when you have these types of injuries that they of course stop you a little bit, they make you go slower.
“Now I’m back, I still think I need a couple of matches in order to be 100% but I’m still working very hard to get there and hopefully will get there as soon as possible.”
He again missed over a month of this campaign, getting injured in his goalscoring performance away at champions Chelsea and upon returning from injury found his place in the team occupied by the impressive Will Hughes, who is now injured himself.
Since returning his return Pereyra has been involved in each of Watford’s last six league fixtures and will be hoping to continue that trend with the visit of Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
The Terriers come into tomorrow’s clash with five losses in their last six games and have won just once on the road this season, at Crystal Palace on opening day. Pereyra knows, however, that Watford would be naive to underestimate their opponents, who have taken the scalp of Manchester United this season.
“We have to play like we would play against any team. We don’t have to underestimate them or think they’re a small team because then this will go against us.
“We need to give everything we’ve got and of course get the three points without underestimating our rivals. We need the three points and we want the three points.”
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