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Marco Silva updates on the latest squad news ahead of Watford's trip to Burnley

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Marco Silva was pleased to report this afternoon that Isaac Success has returned to full training and that he is looking forward to the Nigerian forward competing for a place during the hectic Christmas period.
 
The Hornets are just one game into a spell of eight league games in 31 days, so the sight of Success bounding out for training at the start of the week will have been a welcome one as it could well be a case of all hands on deck over the festive period.
 
“He has started full training with the team,” said Silva on a player who has missed two months with a knee problem.
 
“He’s working now since the first day of the week. Now we need to progress his physical condition. Everything is okay with his knee now. Now is his moment to carry on to work hard. It’s a matter of taking care of his physical condition as it’s almost two months now without training or a match. I believe in the next weeks he will be able to play.”
 
Silva sounded like someone who views the one-time club record signing as being very much part of his plans and someone who could provide cover and competition for the all-important wide positions in his tried and tested attacking formation.
 
“He is one player who has been injured the last two months,” said the Head Coach.

“He comes back now, and now is the moment to train and come in a good condition to fight for his place in the XI.”
 

Younes Kaboul hasn't featured since early September due to injury

The game against Burnley will come too soon in Success’ recovery, and Silva reported Miguel Britos is also still fighting a fitness battle and struggling to make the Turf Moor showdown. He has missed the last two games with a leg problem.
 
“There is nothing new,” Silva said of the general injury situation. “We have the same normal concerns we have with the last match: Britos is still in doubt. He is one decision we have to take. We will decide [on him] in the next day. Other situations stay the same.”
 
That means Will Hughes (hamstring) and Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) remain sidelined.
 
“They are different situations,” said Silva “Chalobah looks more far. I don’t know, end of January, beginning of February. We will see week by week. Hopefully he [Hughes] can see December or the beginning of January.”
 
Younès Kaboul is also out long term.
 
“I’m sure in the next days the club will make a statement about injured players. It [the situation with Kaboul] is a big concern for us as he’s a really important player. We’ll see in the next weeks for him. There will be nothing fast. It looks impossible [for him] to play in December.”
 
Stefano Okaka has also not been available for selection since his substitute appearance against Everton because of a “small injury in his calf.”
 
“The last two games he’s not been able to stay in the squad,” said Silva. “He’s not been able to train 100 per cent with the squad. The other weeks it was a technical decision.”


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