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Watford handed timely double boost ahead of Wycombe trip as Ivic reveals injury news

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Watford will be able to call upon both Andre Gray and Will Hughers when they travel to Adams Park to face Wycombe Wanderers this evening, but Troy Deeney and Stipe Perica will both miss out, manager Vladimir Ivic has confirmed.

The attack-minded duo have both yet to feature for the Hornets this season due to injury, but could now be set to make their return to the side this evening, although manager Vladimir Ivic is seemingly cautious about rushing the pair back too quickly.

Speaking about the duo ahead of the game, Ivic told The Watford Observer: “Andre Gray and Will Hughes are ready to be with the squad. Now it’s a question of if we will use them in the game tomorrow, or for the next one.

“Both of them are important players for us and both of them are quality, experienced players who can give us an extra level in our game, in both ways, in attack and defence.

“It’s just a question now that we need to be smart to use them in the correct way, to not take some kind of risk because we know that both of them have stayed out for a long period. I expect them to be ready 100 per cent after the international break.”

One player who will still be absent for the Hornets on Tuesday night is Troy Deeney, with the striker still not ready to feature, having made just one brief substitute appearance so far this season.

Providing an update on the 32-year-old, Ivic went on to add: “Troy Deeney needs more time to prepare himself to be ready for the game but the good thing is that Andre and Will, they’re close to coming back to help us in our next games.”

On Perica, who was forced off with an arm problem after scoring his first goal for the club in Saturday’s draw with Bournemouth, Ivic explained: “[Perica] had a scan, he had an MRI and now we are waiting for some opinion from some doctors who can give us an exact opinion if he’s obligated to do some surgery and [until] when he could be out.
“This is now the typical process that you need to wait and I hope that in the next two days we will know exactly everything about his injury and how long he will stay out for.”
Watford go into the game with Wycombe third in the Championship table, with 14 points from their seven league games so far this season.
The Verdict
The return of Gray and Hughes feels like it will be a big relief for Watford.
With Perica now joining Deeney on the sidelines, the Hornets would have seemingly been short on options in attack, were it not for the return to contention of Gray and Hughes.
It would therefore not be a huge surprise to see the pair back in the side – even if it is just from the bench – tonight, to give Ivic an extra potential option going forward.
However, with Wycombe struggling to get to grips with the Championship, you imagine this is a game where other options for the Hornets such as Ismaila Sarr and Joao Pedro should be enough to secure the three points, if Ivic decides he does not want to rush Hughes and Gray back.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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