Watford head out to Austria today with injury concerns over three players.
Adlene Guedioura is set to undergo a scan to discover the extent of the leg problem that saw him substituted 28 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute against Stevenage. Jose Holebas picked up a knock to his right leg that saw him helped from the field by head of medical Richard Collinge. Ben Watson, meanwhile, was not at the Lamex Stadium last night, left at home as precaution after picking up a knock in the game at Woking.
However, reinforcements are on the way for new head coach Walter Mazzarri as the Euro 2016 players (Costel Pantilimon, Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Pudil, Valon Behrami and Christian Kabasele) are set to return after an extended summer. They will join up with the squad in Austria. Juan Camilo Zuniga, the wing back who has joined on loan from Napoli, is set to join his new team on the road.
Charlie Rowan has been included as part of the travelling party, a huge vote of confidence for the 18-year-old centre-half who only turned pro this summer.
Etienne Capoue, who set the standard on last season’s pre-season trip to Germany, heads there on the crest of a wave of his first Watford goal on Thursday night.
“The first two weeks have been very hard work and now we go to Austria to work even harder, but we need to be ready and to be fit because the Premier League is very high intensity,” he said in an interview with the club website. “It’s in the mountains so we are waiting for the hardest part of pre-season. We have two games so we need to work very, very hard, everyone needs to support each other and it’ll be very good.”
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Tuesday July 19, 6pm (local time)
Stadion St. Andrä, Wölzing 20, 9433 St. Andrä
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Saturday July 23, 3pm (local time)
Sportplatz Gralla, Schulstrasse 17, 8431 Gralla
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Loftus Road, 3pm
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Saturday August 6, 3pm