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Latest team news ahead of the Eagles' visit on Boxing Day

Watford v Crystal Palace | Injury Update

Sebastian Prödl and Stefano Okaka will be assessed in the coming days as Walter Mazzarri evaluates whether the injured pair are ready to play any part against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Prödl (dead leg) went off during the first-half at Sunderland on Saturday, while Okaka (hamstring) has been missing since his two-goal display against Everton earlier this month, but they have both taken part in light training this week.

Craig Cathcart (groin) returned to the bench at the Stadium of Light, but the Palace game may have come too soon for the Northern Irishman to be in contention for a return to the starting XI.

Adrian Mariappa (knee) remains sidelined, while Roberto Pereyra (knee) is also still absent for the Hornets.

Pressed on likely timeframes for Pereyra’s return, Mazzarri said at his pre-Palace press conference this afternoon: “It is very difficult to tell.

“With an injury like this there are many variables and many changes that can happen, so it depends on many things. For sure he will be out for some months.”

Return to watfordfc.com on Friday to see more from Mazzarri's press conference.

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