Daryl Janmaat could be out for up to six weeks and Jerome Sinclair is also facing a spell on the sidelines as the injuries start to mount for the Hornets.
Janmaat came off against Manchester United on Sunday due to a problem with his left shoulder and has been ruled out for four to six weeks after a fracture was picked up on a scan. While Janmaat’s absence is a blow, Walter Mazzarri has Nordin Amrabat as a ready-made replacement, and he will start at Burnley.
Sinclair, who scored for the Under-23s on Monday after a period of inactivity, injured his hamstring in training yesterday and he will undergo assessment today to discover the extent of the tear. He becomes the third hamstring victim in a fortnight, following on from the injury Stefano Okaka picked up against West Ham and the one Younes Kaboul suffered in training last week. The defender trained on Saturday but reported some discomfort. With the back three performing so well against United, he is likely to be given further time to recover.
The casualty list provides extra work for Watford’s reconfigured medical department following the departure of head of medical Richard Collinge. Last season, only champions Leicester and Southampton had a better injury record than the Hornets.