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Watford v Newcastle United – Hornets give injury and fitness update ahead of match

3 weeks ago

It is Watford v Newcastle on Saturday, a game that is being seen by many as a real relegation six pointer even though so early in the season.

Watford and Norwich were seen as big favourites to be relegated after promotion but whilst the Canaries are pointless, the Hornets would move on to nine points (seven ahead of Newcastle) from the opening six games if winning tomorrow.

Steve Bruce already finds himself deep in relegation trouble and Newcastle one of the three favourites to be relegated, only two points from five PL games so far and likely only a win at Vicarage Road would lift them out of the bottom three.

Newcastle United have half a dozen players who are big doubts (or certainties) to be available on Saturday but what about Watford?

The recently promoted club have now given an official update ahead of this Newcastle match on injury and fitness.

‘Daniel Bachmann is a fitness doubt for this weekend’s Premier League match with Newcastle United due to a minor knee problem.

The goalkeeper, who played no part in the midweek Carabao Cup game against Stoke City and was on the bench at Norwich City on Saturday, will be assessed in training over the next two days.

Kiko Femenía has returned to full training after his withdrawal at Carrow Road and is in contention for the Magpies’ visit on Saturday.

Brazilian forward João Pedro, who hasn’t featured since May, is also training with the squad and may be considered for the weekend.

Peter Etebo is certainly available for a return to action, having missed the Stoke City cup tie under the terms of his loan agreement with the Potters.’

Last Saturday, an excellent performance saw Watford win 3-1 at Norwich with a team of:

Foster, Femenía, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Rose, Kucka, Sissoko, Sarr, Cleverley, Dennis, King

It looks good news all round for Xisco Munoz, as with Femenia back training, the Watford boss has all eleven players available who started that 3-1 win over the Canaries.

Munoz also rested that entire eleven in the midweek League Cup defeat to Stoke, so no tired legs for Newcastle United to take advantage of on Saturday.

That team in midweek included two former Newcastle players in Dan Gosling and Rob Elliott (Full team was: Elliot, Ngakia, Kabasele, Sierralta, Masina, Tufan, Louza, Gosling, Hernández Suárez, Fletcher, Sema) but neither are likely to start tomorrow.


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