Watford make the short trip to Milton Keynes to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, but the tie comes too soon for one of their players.
These two sides have already met in the Premier League this season, with the Hornets prevailing 2-1 at Vicarage Road, a result which instantaneously added pressure and critics to Spurs, and they will be looking for a repeat at Stadium:MK
Watford have made an excellent start to their domestic campaign, and if they can take another step towards Wembley Stadium they would consolidate their fine beginning, but they will have to do so without an exciting talent.
Gerard Deulofeu is back in training for the Londoners, but he is not quite up to speed in time to feature in this contest, and is set to miss out as a result.
Watford boss Javi Gracia confirmed the news when he gave an update on the situation regarding the Spaniard in his pre-match news conference.
“Gerard will not be available but he is training with the team now.” The Hornets’ official website quotes him as saying.
“With his injury we have been patient. He is training with the team and he is feeling well but we are not sure yet when he will available.
“He needs time to be sure. There are a lot of games left. I prefer to be patient while we are working hard with him.
“He is recovered and we are happy because he says he is well, but we know we have to wait for the moment when he is fit.”
Gracia is also going to be without defender Sebastian Prodl and forward Stefano Okaka for the tie, but there is a chance that Miguel Britos could be involved against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Watford made a number of changes in the previous round at Reading, and he refused to rule out a repeat of that when his men take on Tottenham on Wednesday.
“I think it’s a good chance for the team. In the last Carabao Cup game we changed many players and maybe tomorrow we will do the same, but we try to choose the best option and to choose the players we think will be the best option for us,”
“I don’t like to say we choose the players who didn’t play in the Premier League because we try to choose the best option for us.”