“We’re waiting for the medical team to give him to us and then he can start to work with the team.
Striker Andre Gray and attacking midfielder Will Hughes are both closing in on a return to action for Watford, manager Vladmir Ivic has revealed.
Neither player has made an appearance for the Hornets so far this season due to injury and fitness issues, although it seems both are close to being available to call upon again.
Speaking to the Hertfordshire Mercury about Gray’s current fitness situation, Ivic revealed: “Andre is not ready to play yet but we’ll see in the next few days when he’ll be available.
“I believe he will come to be part of the squad in the next few days. But then we need to be patient with him to help him give us what he can.”
It seems as though things could be even more promising for Watford with regards to Hughes, as when discussing the 25-year-old, Ivic went on to add: “He’s the same situation as Gray but he might be ready before. He’s started to work with us and I believe he will give us this quality which we need on the pitch.”
Despite that, it seems Ivic has no inclination of rushing either player back to action. Assessing when the duo could next feature for the club, the Serbian added: “We just need to wait to see when he is ready to play. I’m not someone who is going to put someone in before he’s ready to give his maximum. I prefer to have a player who is 100 per cent ready to play.”
Watford are next in action when they host Blackburn on Wednesday night, before Bournemouth make the trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
This will surely be positive news for those of a Watford persuasion.
With so many games coming up in such a short space of time, injuries and suspensions are surely going to have an impact on just about every club in the Championship.
As a result, getting Gray and Hughes back available will be a big boost for the Hornets, given the extra depth it will give them to help them cope with such a heavy schedule.
Indeed, the return of a player with the influence that Hughes in particular can have at this level will no doubt be welcome for the Hornets, as they look to build on a what has been a promising start to life back in the Championship.