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Marco Silva will give Miguel Britos until tomorrow's final training session to prove his fitness for the visit of Manchester United.
Britos limped off in the 52nd minute of Saturday's thumping 3-0 win at Newcastle after failing to shake off the knock he picked up to his left leg following a heavy first-half challenge from Jonjo Shelvey.
“The situation with Britos we will keep open,” said the Head Coach. “He is still in doubt. We'll see. I'm not sure if he's able to play. We have one more session tomorrow, one more session to prepare for the match and then we will take the decision.”
If Britos fails to make it then Sebastian Prödl is standing by and ready to make his first start since August 26. He slotted in seamlessly to the heart of the defence on Saturday and the Hornets have not conceded a league goal when the giant Austrian has been on the field this season.
“He's improving his physical condition,” said Silva. “It's been two months without competition, two months without training with the team. It's hard. He's improving and played almost 45 minutes [against Newcastle]. That's good for him.”
Silva will also be boosted by the return of captain Troy Deeney, who is available again after serving a three-match ban, adding to the team's attacking options.
“He comes back after the ban and is available if I take the decision for him to stay in the squad,” said Silva. “If I decide for him to stay in the squad, he's one more player to help us.”
Silva reported there was no real update to provide on long-term absentees Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah and Younès Kaboul but did add that: “Maybe Success looks like the next few weeks. The others we have big doubts about.”
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