Team News: Bournemouth
Danny Welbeck has joined Troy Deeney on the injury list ahead of the Hornets’ match against Bournemouth on Saturday and José Holebas is suspended, having picked up five yellow cards.
But Quique Sánchez Flores had positive news regarding Daryl Janmaat, who is fit for the fixture, and also Sebastian Prödl, Étienne Capoue and Isaac Success, who have all returned to training with the first team squad.
“About Troy Deeney we are very happy, he’s back on the pitch, not with us but alone, and working with the medical staff. I hope he is recovering quickly,” said the Head Coach.
“He is not with the group, at the moment he is just running with the physios and those guys, trying to recover in a good way.
“[Capoue, Prodl and Success] are training, they came from some injuries but little by little they are training day by day and we are just checking at the moment and we need to wait a little bit more.”
Regarding Welbeck, Sánchez Flores said he was upset to see the striker pick up a hamstring injury at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last weekend and that he has tried to support him this week.
“It’s bad news about Danny Welbeck, we need to check a little bit more and that will happen in the next weeks. I think it’s a hard injury but we need to wait a little bit,” said the Head Coach.
“He was disappointed, he was very sad, and I tried to help him and support him. But the face of Danny Welbeck was always the same. It’s impossible to change the morale, the mood, it will change a lot because he felt he had the opportunity to come back at a good level but now we need to wait again.”
Welbeck’s reintroduction to the team had been handled carefully by the club’s medical staff and this setback is unrelated to his previous injury, according to Sánchez Flores.
“It was not a risk [to play Welbeck] because when we were talking about taking care, we were talking about his ankle. This injury was his muscle, so it was completely different,” he said.
“He’s really fast and to change from zero to run quickly, the muscles can suffer a lot. He’s not playing too many minutes during the season but even during the week he was feeling really good and he didn’t report anything about the injury.”
Although Welbeck is now unavailable and Deeney is continuing to recover from surgery, Sánchez Flores remained positive about the attacking options he has at his disposal.
Gerard Deulofeu was the club’s top scorer last season with 12 goals, while Andre Gray with nine wasn't far behind and Roberto Pereyra netted six times. Of last season’s four top scorers, only Troy Deeney, who scored 10, is currently unavailable.
“We need to trust in the players we have right now because it’s the same players as last year. Gray, Deulofeu and Pereyra, as well as Deeney, were the main strikers last year,” said Sánchez Flores.
“So we can’t complain too much because we have the same players. Of course it is much better when we also have Welbeck, more chances, but really important is that they are good players, not how many players we have.”