Team News | Manchester City
Molla Waguè is in line to make the Watford matchday squad for the first time after Head Coach Marco Silva confirmed Younès Kaboul and Sebastian Prödl will both miss the weekend's game with Manchester City.
Kaboul is ruled out with the hamstring injury that forced him off against Southampton, while Prôdl is still receiving treatment on the injury that he picked up on international duty.
With Craig Cathcart sidelined with a knee problem and Miguel Britos serving the second of his three-game suspension, the Head Coach must choose between Christian Kabasele, who played his best game in a Watford shirt on Saturday, the dependable Adrian Mariappa and new signing Waguè at the heart of the defence.
Waguè, 26, only arrived at the club last Friday but he is at least match fit after playing back-to-back international games for Mali and for Udinese on the opening day of the Serie A season.
“Of course [he comes into contention],” said Silva.
“It's not the best way, as he only worked with us since last Friday. Normally we like to give him time to know our style of play, our idea. Maybe we don't have time for that. Between him, Mariappa and Kabasele, I have to choose the centre-backs to play.”
The loss of Kaboul will be keenly felt by Silva.
“He's a fantastic professional, a really important player for me,” said the Head Coach.
“He did very well until the injury. He knows my idea and is a player with fantastic leadership. He's an important player in our squad but now is the moment to find another solution.”
Roberto Pereyra is also back in contention after missing the last three matches, while Kiko Femenía has been cleared to return to full training after a knock to the head on Saturday.
“Kiko is okay,” said Silva. “He's been training with the team and progressing well. He trained this morning.”