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Latest line on the Hornets' squad ahead of Saturday's trip to the King Power Stadium

Team News | Leicester v Watford

Walter Mazzarri will have to dip deep into his defensive resources again this weekend after the Head Coach confirmed injury worries at the back for the Hornets.

Already without Younès Kaboul (hamstring) and Craig Cathcart (knee), Mazzarri said he will have to make a late check on the fitness of José Holebas, who missed the game with Liverpool, while Miguel Britos is definitely out of the game at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City.

“Holebas has got a problem [with his foot] and we won't know 100 per cent if he's going to be available until tomorrow,” said Mazzarri.

“We are trying to manage his injury and trying to make him available.”

Britos, the other left-sided player in the backline, will not be part of the squad who travel to the East Midlands. The Uruguayan defender limped off in the first-half of the game against Liverpool with a muscle problem in his lower left leg and he's been ruled out.

“Britos will be available for the last game [against Manchester City] or the one before [against Chelsea].”

The injury worries in defence mean that Adrian Mariappa is almost certain to start for the fourth time in five matches, while Christian Kabasele is pushing for a first start since the draw with Bournemouth in January.

Young full-back Andrew Eleftheriou, who has captained the Under-23 side of late, may keep his place on the Hornets' bench.

“I prefer not to talk about injuries too much because we have another training session tomorrow,” said the Head Coach.

“It's not a problem – we will find 11 players no problem, and we have plenty to go on the bench.”

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