Watford manager Vladimir Ivic says the club could welcome back one of their injured players when they host Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
Attacking duo Troy Deeney and Andre Gray, as well as midfielder Will Hughes, have all found themselves on the sidelines recently as a result of fitness issues, however, none of that trio are expected to feature against the Cherries.
Even so, it now seems as though at least one extra player from Watford’s injury list could be available for Ivic to call upon as early as this weekend.
Speaking to Watford Observer about his side’s fitness situation ahead of the game, Ivic revealed: “I believe that we will have the same squad, maybe plus one player from the players who was out from the previous games, maybe one.
“Generally the squad, who played the previous game, the players will be in the next one.”
Despite that boost, Ivic was reluctant to reveal the identity of the player who could return, and explaining his reasons for that, the Hornets boss continued: “I want to keep [the name of the potentially returning player] for me. It’s not good to give an answer on this, not for you but for my opponent.”
Watford go into the weekend third in the Championship, only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference, with 13 points from their six league games this season.
Whoever this player is who is set to return for Watford, you would imagine it will be a boost for them.
With so many games coming up in such a short space of time, injuries and suspensions are likely to start taking their toll, so having as many players as possible available should help them to cope with those issues.
You can also understand why Ivic might be hesitant to reveal the identity of that player, given the help it could give Bournemouth in preparing for this game, if they know who they might be playing against.