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Marco Silva is resigned to being without Will Hughes for the next two matches but the Head Coach is set to be boosted by the imminent return to full training of Isaac Success.
Hughes limped off after 58 minutes of Tuesday night's 4-2 defeat to Manchester United after injuring the hamstring in his right leg, and he looks set for a spell on the sidelines, ruling him out of the game against Tottenham Hotspur and possibly the trip to Burnley.
"It will be really difficult for him for tomorrow and maybe for the next match as well," reported Silva.
Silva pleasingly added that "there is nothing new [to report]" on the injury front, which means only Miguel Britos faces a late check on his recovery from the lower leg injury he sustained at Newcastle. "There is still a doubt with Britos," confirmed Silva.
On the plus side, Success is progressing well from a knee injury that has kept him out since the 2-1 win at Swansea. "Isaac is coming slowly with the team," said Silva. "I believe he will soon be in full training, next week I believe."
Silva added that Craig Cathcart and Younès Kaboul "are progressing well but are not available", although Cathcart is not eligible to play until January 1 anyhow because he was not named in the 25-man Premier League squad.
The loss of Kaboul, who has been out of action since the win on the road at Southampton, is being particularly keenly felt by Silva.
"Kaboul is a fantastic player, fantastic for my idea," said the Head Coach. "He’s a leader with fantastic leadership qualities. He knows everything you need to do in important parts of the game. If I put him in [the team] in a good condition, he’s one player who can help our team."
Silva reported that José Holebas, who has missed the last three games, is fully fit but that he's preferred Marvin Zeegelaar of late for tactical reasons.
"It's only a technical decision," said Silva. "In the games before, Marvin didn't stay in the squad, Daryl didn't stay in the squad and it can happen with Kiko one day.
"We have four full-backs and normally I play with two and I put one more in the squad. And then one needs to be out. It's a technical decision [with Holebas], nothing more."
The Head Coach has another big technical decision to make on Saturday as to whether to go with Andre Gray, who has worked his socks off in attack, or Troy Deeney, who had a goalscoring impact off the bench on Tuesday night.
"When I have them all available it is my obligation to then take the decision," said Silva. "Troy had a good impact on our team when he came on, like Pereyra and Carrillo did as well. It’s what I expect from quality players like Troy, André and Pereyra.
"Troy is one solution. He had a small problem [a knock during his suspension] and he had 10 days out, but he played the last 25 minutes [against Manchester United]. We’ll see what my decision is."
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