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Kiko Feminía has recovered from the problem that forced him off against West Ham United and is fit to face Newcastle United this weekend.
The buccaneering full-back, who has been a revelation since signing on a free from Alaves, was substituted in the 86th minute of the 2-0 win over the Hammers with a leg problem and replaced by Jose Holebas, but he is fine to start what would be his eighth game in a row on Saturday.
“He is okay,” said Head Coach Marco Silva. “He has done all the sessions with us this week.”
Silva also confirmed that Daryl Janmaat, the man Feminía has replaced in the side, is not injured and that the decision to leave him out of Sunday's squad was a “tactical” one. It says plenty about the depth of Watford's squad these days that no place could be found in the 18 for the Dutch international and club record defensive purchase.
Competition for places will be even fiercer once, in time, Younès Kaboul, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart are restored to full fitness. Silva had no update on their fitness today, unable to give an exact timeframe for their full recovery, but he is looking forward to welcoming them back sooner rather than later.
“We'll see what happens in the next weeks,” he said.
“I hope as soon as possible as they are important players for us. I want everybody ready to play and ready to compete so then I can take my decision [on who starts].
“When they come back, it will be very good for us as a team. We can improve. We are stronger with all our players ready to play. I need to have problems in my head, in my mind to decide the starting XI. I'm sure we'll improve when those players come back.”
It could shortly be a case of all hands on deck for the Golden Boys, who kick off a run of 10 games in 38 days on Saturday.
“The next months are really hard,” said Silva. “We have a lot of games. It is better if we have everybody ready.”
One player who is ready is Marvin Zeegelaar, the left-back who showed the Head Coach how committed he is to the cause by playing on against West Ham following a heavy bang to his nose.
“He was good,” said Silva. “It was not easy to play like he did with this problem. He gave a good answer, like everyone expected as we know how he works. It was a good debut for him.”