FA Cup finalists Watford host Southampton in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, but they have mixed team news ahead of the game at Vicarage Road.

Along with Everton, the Hornets were the only team to win in the race for seventh spot at the weekend, and they have the opportunity to move three points clear in that battle when Saints head to London.

After the win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, Watford boss Javi Gracia will be looking to guide his side to a third Premier League win in four matches, which would not only strengthen their position in the table, but build confidence ahead of their big day at Wembley Stadium next month.

In a boost for the Hornets as they chase that victory, they are set to welcome Roberto Pereyra and Adalberto Penaranda back from injury to take on Southampton, as their manager explained when he addressed the media ahead of the match.

“Both are training, both are available,” the Watford official website quotes him as saying.

“One has made many more minutes than the other and he maybe needs more time to be in the best condition. Peñaranda has been out of the time for a long time, but the best news is that they are available.”

That will give the Hornets boss a little more attacking options, something he was very light on at the weekend, albeit without it being too costly in terms of the overall result.

While Watford welcome the two forward players back, they remain without a number of players to take on Southampton. Gracia provided an update on all those in his squad who are out injured ahead of the clash.

“We have out of the team José Holebas, Tom Cleverley, Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prödl,”

“Prödl has a little problem in his knee. He trained yesterday but he didn’t today and we’ll see. It is nothing serious, but in this moment he is not available.

“Tom will be ready to train with the team in three or four days. I’m optimistic José will be ready to train with the team in one or two days. We’ll see.”


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