Watford will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of a scan Heurelho Gomes is certain to have tomorrow on a worrying looking knee injury.
The Hornets keeper crumpled in a heap after diving forlornly in an attempting to keep out a fierce low drive from Philippe Countino just past the half-hour mark. Complaining of pain on the outside of his right knee, Gomes was assessed on the field by club doctor Ian Hamilton and physiotherapist Oli Leaper and the decision was immediately made to take him off.
Alarmingly, Gomes could not put any weight through his right leg and then emerged for the second half on crutches and with a protective brace around the injury site. The 35-year-old seems certain to end a run of 77 straight league games by missing at least the next game against Leicester City after the international break.
“It is his knee, but I am not sure yet [how serious],” said Walter Mazzarri. “I am not sure if it’s a twist or just a knock.”
His absence presented the chance for Costel Pantilimon to get his first taste of league action in a Watford shirt – and his first taste of any Premier League action since December last year at Stamford Bridge.
The injury, however, to last season’s double Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season represents a significant blow and adds further work for Watford’s over-worked medical department who are already dealing with injuries to Kenedy (knee), Craig Cathcart (hernia), Sebastian Prodl (groin), Isaac Success (dead leg / hamstring) and Stefano Okaka (hamstring).