Watford play host to fellow London outfit Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening, but they have lost another player to injury ahead of the match.

Things are beginning to look a little bleak for the Hornets, as they go into the weekend as the only side in the top five divisions in English football without a league win this term.

One of the things holding Watford back is the amount of injuries they have, and they lost Tom Cleverley to that during the clash with Bournemouth last weekend.

Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores was upbeat when he addressed the media ahead of the showdown with the Blues, but confirmed the former Manchester United midfielder will miss the contest.

“He has a little problem with his heel,” the Watford official website quotes him as saying.

“Hopefully it will not be too long. He is positive he will come back soon.”

Cleverley joins his Hornets teammates Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck, Domingos Quina and Ismaila Sarr on the sidelines, all of whom will be watching on when Chelsea come to town.

There was some better news for Flores, as he looks set to be able to call upon a couple of his stalwarts for the clash, in the form of Isaac Success and Etienne Capoue. 

The Watford boss did not confirm whether the pair are available to start against the Blues, but their availability will come as a big boost in terms of the options they could provide, even if it is only from the bench.

There is a real need for the Hornets to see off Chelsea, as they are beginning to be cut adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.

They are already four points from safety after only a quarter of the campaign, and will not want that gap to get any bigger if they can help it.


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