Team News: Burnley
By Kevin Affleck
Troy Deeney and Ismaïla Sarr could be named together in the same Watford squad for the first time this weekend after Quique Sánchez Flores confirmed both took part in full training this week.
Deeney was named on the bench at Norwich City last time out and used the international break to further build up his levels of fitness and sharpness after being out since the game against Everton on the second week of the season.
Sarr was injured playing for Senegal against Congo, but he was assessed by the club's medical team when he returned early and he has been passed fit after what was deemed a knock.
Deeney injured himself against Everton and a week later Sarr was on the bench against West Ham United so the pair are yet to be in the same match-day squad.
“Sarr is okay,” said Sánchez Flores. “He has been training with us for two or three days, no problem. He looks well in training. He is ready.”
The captain is also edging closer and closer to being match ready.
“He feels much better,” said the Head Coach. “Little by little, he is progressing. He is ready and he wants to play, of course. He is wishing to go the pitch. It’s good news for us. He’s always good and understands perfectly what we feel, what we need, the necessities of the club and the team. He is able to transmit to the players the importance of every match. The presence of Deeney is very necessary for us.”
The availability of both Deeney and Sarr is a major boost for Sánchez Flores as “we still have some players recovering who are not quite ready”.
Domingos Quina (groin), Tom Cleverley (heel), Daniel Bachmann (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (hamstring), Sebastian Prödl (knee) and Roberto Pereyra (hamstring) are all out while Christian Kabasele is suspended.
“We are happy with how they are improving,” said Sánchez Flores.