Amrabat out of AFCON as full list of Watford injuries revealed

Nordin Amrabat’s African Cup of Nations hopes have been dashed after he was ruled out of the tournament through injury.

Amrabat was going to be one of Morocco’s key players as they competed in the continental tournament for the first time since 1976, but an ankle injury he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur in Watford’s last home game will sideline him for a month. Watford won’t have him available until the games against Arsenal or Burnley.


With his lower left leg in a protective boot, Amrabat met up with his teammates at their training camp in the UAE where he was ruled out by the team doctor. His place in the squad has been taken by Omar El Kaddouri. Morocco get their campaign underway on January 16 and are in a group with Ivory Coast, Congo and Togo for the tournament in Gabon.

Amrabat’s injury was the 47th picked up by Watford this season – Valon Behrami became the 48th against Stoke on Tuesday night. “In 15 years of my (managerial) career I haven’t had all these injuries in one season,” bemoaned Walter Mazzarri who has lost seven of the last ten matches..


Watford only had 13 injuries at this stage last season, although they were using fewer players. Watford have wheeled out 26 players this season, with only Sunderland using more.


However, the current casualty list (ten) is the second worst in the Premier League – Watford had the best injury record at one stage of last season – and while Palace have the most injured players out right now, they have still suffered nine less injuries this season than the Hornets. Chelsea, who don’t have a single player out injured, have only suffered 27 injuries compared to Watford’s 49.

Top four table of the current injuries. Source: PhysioRoom

A full list of the injuries suffered by Watford this season:

Jan 3: Valon Behrami (hamstring)
Jan 1: Nordin Amrabat (ankle)
Jan 1: Juan Zuniga (ankle)
Dec 26: Valon Behrami (hamstring)
Dec 26: Daryl Janmaat (groin)
Dec 23: Isaac Success (hamstring)
Dec 17: Sebastian Prodl (dead leg)
Dec 14 : Roberto Pereyra (knee)
Dec 10: Stefano Okaka (hamstring)
Dec 10: Valon Behrami (illness)
Dec 1: Adrian Mariappa (knee)
Nov 30: Daryl Janmaat (face)
Nov 27: Jose Holebas (knock)
Nov 27: Younes Kaboul (calf)
Nov 23: Ben Watson (groin)
Nov 19: Younes Kaboul (knock)
Nov 19: Juan Zuniga (knock)
Nov 12: Christian Kabasele (thigh)
Nov 6: Heurelho Gomes (knee)
Oct 29: Sebastian Prodl (groin)
Oct 16: Isaac Success (hamstring)
Oct 16: Miguel Britos (ankle)
Oct 10: Kenedy (knee)
Oct 7: Valon Behrami (knee)
Oct 1: Isaac Success (dead leg)
Sept 29: Adrian Mariappa (illness)
Sept 26: Miguel Britos (thigh strain)
Sept 26: Craig Cathcart (hernia)
Sept 22: Jerome Sinclair (hamstring)
Sept 18: Jose Holebas (groin)
Sept 18: Daryl Janmaat (shoulder)
Sept 14: Sebastian Prodl (knock)
Sept 10: Stefano Okaka (hamstring)
Sept 10: Younes Kaboul (hamstring)
Aug 26: Craig Cathcart (groin)
Aug 20: Etienne Capoue (calf)
Aug 6: Etienne Capoue (knock)
Aug 6: Isaac Success (muscle strain)
Aug 6: Craig Cathcart (back)
July 23: Jerome Sinclair (knock)
July 21: Brice Dja Djedje (knock)
July 21: Valon Behrami (knock)
July 20: Brice Dja Djedje (foot)
July 14: Adlene Guedioura (knock)
July 14: Jose Holebas (knock)
July 10: Ben Watson (knock)
July 8: Almen Abdi (ilness)
July 7 Troy Deeney (knock)

Total: 48

Knock: 12
Hamstring: 8
Groin: 5
Knee: 5
Ankle: 3
Ilness: 3
Calf: 2
Dead leg: 2
Shoulder: 1
Hernia: 1
Thigh: 1
Back: 1
Muscle strain: 1
Thigh strain: 1
Foot: 1
Face: 1