Etienne Capoue joins Miguel Britos on the Watford sickbed

Quique Sanchez Flores will check on the health of Miguel Britos and Etienne Capoue before naming his side to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

Britos was ruled out of the game against Chelsea with illness while Capoue, who was not in the squad for the game at Nottingham Forest, did not train in the build up to Wednesday’s game.


“He was sick,” confirmed the head coach. “Today he will probably train on the pitch. We check on Capoue. He was sick in the last match and didn’t train. He looks better now.”

Training like racehorses and chomping at the bit to start are Nordin Amrabat and Mario Suarez, the internationals who signed last month for a combined fee of more than £10m.

“They are ready to start in the first XI,” said Sanchez Flores. “At the moment, for me, it is important they know the system, the teammates of Watford and also English football. It is important they adapt. For me it is important they are slowly introduced into the team. They want to understand everything very quickly and we have players [already] who understand perfectly the working of the team, the system. It’s good for the coach [to have these options], the possibility to manage different players for the same position and create competition. We have to find a space to put them on the pitch.”

Picture by Paul Dawson. @poleydeepics
Picture (plus main image) by Paul Dawson. @poleydeepics

Suarez and Amrabat warmed up enthusiastically all night on Wednesday and were deep in conversation on the bench, soaking up their first evening Premier League game under lights at Vicarage Road.

“I was talking with Mario before he come here and I say, ‘You are going to enjoy the Premier League’. I know how Mario feels football inside. I can hear Mario at the back of the bench [on Wednesday] and also Amrabat talking about the passion. They love it.”

Amrabat is a firecracker of a player and a person and is itching to start a Premier League game. His versatility makes him an appealing alternative for the head coach.

“He can play four positions,” said Sanchez Flores, “right wing, left wing, second striker and main striker, like at Nottingham.”