Team News | Stoke City
Roberto Pereyra is out of Saturday's match with Stoke City but Marco Silva has allayed fears the playmaker could be out for a prolonged period.
Pereyra limped off midway through the second-half of Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Chelsea, just at the point he was repeatedly unlocking the Chelsea defence with his silky movement and perceptive passing in that purple patch the Golden Boys enjoyed just after half-time.
The fear was he had damaged the troublesome knee he required surgery on late last year but the Argentine has, it turns out, tweaked his hamstring. The news comes as a relief but it's still a blow that the Hornets will be without a player who was just hitting top form again.
"We had a problem with Roberto in the last match," said Head Coach Marco Silva.
"He's out for Saturday. I can't say to you 100 per cent sure [he will be fit to face Everton] but we hope."
Silva has gently eased Pereyra back into action following his long lay-off and Saturday's game was just his second start since his comeback.
He'd just started to go through his repertoire in that pocket of space behind the main striker, with one first-half flick around the corner completely bamboozling David Luiz.
He also took his goal, only his third in a Watford shirt, with the coolness of a seasoned marksman.
"He will be a big miss to us," said Silva, "just like some of the others. He came in, did very well in the last game again and we hope if not for the next match [against Everton] then after the break he is available."
The loss of Pereyra could well lead to a recall to the starting XI for André Carrillo, while Will Hughes will be pushing hard to make the bench for the third time this season. The summer signing from Derby was a travelling reserve on Saturday.
Sebastian Prödl and Younès Kaboul, meanwhile, are still sidelined.
"We believe in the next few days and even a week that they will start to do full training with the team," said Silva.
Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah and Craig Cathcart remain long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Watch the full Silva press conference at the top of the article.
Saturday is our final home game before Remembrance Day, so we’ll be honouring those who have lost their lives in the line of duty with a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off.
The players’ shirts will be emblazoned with the poppy emblem, and you too can show your support with a poppy pin badge featuring the Watford FC club crest, available in-store and online at thehornetsshop.co.uk for £3 (all proceeds to the Royal British Legion).