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Latest squad news ahead of the Hornets' trip to the Hawthorns plus Marco Silva's full press conference

Team News | West Brom

Miguel Britos makes a welcome return from suspension this weekend, leaving Head Coach Marco Silva with his first selection dilemma at the heart of Watford's defence. 

Britos has served the final game of his three-match suspension following his dismissal against Brighton and he comes firmly into contention to feature against West Bromwich Albion, particularly given the Baggies' prowess from set-pieces. 

With Sebastian Prödl, Younès Kaboul and Craig Cathcart all injured, Silva must decide whether to keep faith with Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele, or whether Britos and Molla Waguè come into his thinking, especially if he opts for a remodelled three-man defence again.

"I am really happy with the performance of Mariappa and Kabasele last week," said Silva.

"I am happy with how they react to the defeat we had against City. We now have four centre-backs ready and we haven't repeated the same centre-backs often. I hope we can do that in some games in a row. It helps our defensive process if you have some stability there."

Silva also has another decision to make at the base of Watford's midfield following the injury to Nathaniel Chalobah. Does he again opt for Etienne Capoue to partner Abdoulaye Doucourè or does he move Tom Cleverley, who has been excellent in a more forward role, into a deeper position and then decide between Roberto Pereyra and Troy Deeney as to who plays in the role just off Andre Gray?

"Chalobah is a really important player for us," said Silva, "not only because of what he gave for us but he's strong for set-pieces too. Capoue has different qualities. We can also play Ben [Watson] there and play with Cleverley more back."

Chalobah is expected to reintegrate with the Hornets' squad before Christmas

Silva conceded the blow of losing Chalobah to injury is "difficult news" for both the team and the player to digest, but vowed everybody will be rallying round the England midfielder in a bid to nurse him back to full health. 

The club announced earlier this week that the summer signing from Chelsea will undergo surgery to his knee after he sustained an injury in training, meaning the Head Coach will be without a player he has built his new-look and vibrant team around.

"It is difficult news for us," said Silva.

"It's a pity to us as a team and most of all a pity for the boy. But this is football. Now is the moment we need to support him and put him in good condition to help him return as soon as possible. It's a difficult situation. We need to find a solution, to be strong and be strong in our way."

The injury comes as a body blow to Chalobah, 22, who had just been called up to the England senior squad for the first time on the back of his trail-blazing start to the Premier League season with the Golden Boys. 

"In two months with us, he has achieved important things with us," added the Head Coach.

"He did well, with good performances and the national team coach called him up. Now it's important to be calm, for him to recover and show again what we can do. We expect that [he'll be back in 2017] but we'll see. You never know what can happen. We'll see after the surgery."

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