Watford have confirmed that Troy Deeney will be ruled out for a “short period” of time to allow him to recover from a couple of niggles.
The Hornets captain has already missed 10 matches this season due to previous knee problems, and is now set to miss Watford’s upcoming games against Derby, Blackburn and Bournemouth.
Despite his restricted amount of appearances, Deeney is Watford’s joint-top goalscorer with seven goals, although six of which have been from the penalty spot – the exception being his strike in the win over Rotherham United back in early December.
Deeney’s last appearance came in the goalless draw at Coventry City earlier this month, although he missed Saturday’s thumping victory over Bristol City and then Tuesday’s win at Preston.
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Watford would appear to be well-covered in Deeney’s absence – with Joao Pedro starting the last two games up front, whilst Xisco has both Andre Gray and January signing Philip Zinckernagel in reserve.
Here, we’ve been looking at how the Vicarage Road faithful have been reacting on Twitter to the news of Deeney’s injury:
Sorry Troy. But this has to be a good thing at the moment. We don't do well hoofing the ball upfield.
— Chill (@chill_doubt) February 16, 2021
Troy take as much time as you like mate x all rooting for you 🙂 maybe you should sit out until the season ends so you don’t have to stress over carrying us and scoring all the goals like the talismanic beast you are
— ScrumptiousSema (@ScrumptiousSema) February 16, 2021
Not sure anybody minds particularly
— Newbs (@ItsNewbs23) February 16, 2021
Oh what a shame 😏
— ' (@Watford_JB) February 16, 2021
— si (@SStevens2095) February 16, 2021
Rest up mate, take as long you need bud. seriously don't want you rushing back. Recovery is key https://t.co/oAlUhc3faC
— Frank (@FrankieHolliday) February 16, 2021
We might be on for a promotion push https://t.co/OvZE8fCuKg
— Orns🐝 (@Deulofeu7FC) February 16, 2021