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Watford relief over extent of Etienne Capoue knee injury

The knee injury Etienne Capoue suffered during Watford’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace isn’t thought to be serious, but the midfielder will be ruled out for two weeks as a precaution.

The Frenchman suffered the injury at Wembley after colliding with Yannick Bolasie midway through the first half. He received several minutes of treatment from head of medical Richard Collinge and club doctor Ian Hamilton before returning to the field. However, after attempting one raking pass, Capoue immediately fell to the ground again and ended up leaving the field on stretcher. Before he was taken down the tunnel he received a kiss on the forehead from Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

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Capoue left Wembley on crutches and underwent a scan yesterday. We understand the results have showed the problem with his left knee is a minor one. The news that the big summer signing from Tottenham Hotspur only faces a fortnight out as a precaution will come as a relief to the player, the coaching staff and fans, as it had been feared he had done something serious.

“He [Capoue) has been influential all season,” Glenn Hoddle said on BT Sport. “He’s come back on and gone to play a cross-field volley, planted the left foot and he’s in trouble. He’s in agony and let’s hope it’s not too bad.”

Capoue has only not been involved in three matchday squads this season, away at Preston, at Nottingham Forest when he was ill and at West Ham United when he was told to put his feet up. His enforced absence is likely to see Mario Suarez given a run in the team. The Spaniard has struggled since moving to Vicarage Road in January from Fiorentina but there were signs at Upton Park last Wednesday, and at Wembley on Sunday, he is starting to find his feet in England. Suarez certainly seems ahead of Valon Behrami in the pecking order. The Switzerland international posted this on social media after being left unused on the bench at Wembley.

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