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Watford boss Beppe Sannino not concerned by lack of striking options against Barnsley
5:20pm Thursday 13th March 2014 in Sport
Beppe Sannino insists he is not concerned by the injury problems which could leave Watford with just one recognised striker for Saturday's game with Barnsley.
Arsenal loanee Chu-Young Park is a doubt due to the thigh problem which has sidelined him in recent weeks and Fernando Forestieri could also miss out.
Forestieri required stitches on his little toe and has been on crutches this week following a challenge on Tuesday night and Mathias Ranegie will be serving the first game of a three-match suspension after he was sent off against Doncaster Rovers.
Three of the club's young strikers - Uche Ikpeazu, Bernard Mensah and Alex Jakubiak - are also out on loan, leaving just Troy Deeney as the only recognised forward.
"Even if Park and Nando (Forestieri) are not available for the match, we will still play the fixture," Sannino joked.
"Of course I am aware we could have a bit of a problem with regards to the strikers but I am not concerned - there are no problems if you have 11 players on the pitch."
Watford winger Ikechi Anya was deployed centrally in support of Deeney on Tuesday night while Lewis McGugan is fit and could also play in a more advanced role if needed.
Sannino said using Anya or McGugan further forward are "possible solutions".
When asked if he might consider recalling any of his on-loan strikers, Sannino said: "Fortunately we have one more day to assess the situation.
"It [recalling youngsters] is an option but we won't make a decision until we have assessed Nando and Park tomorrow."
Manuel Almunia has recovered from illness and is available again but Fitz Hall (Achilles), Almen Abdi (foot) and Sean Murray (groin) are still out.
Samba Diakite is also unlikely to feature. His wife went into labour this morning which meant he missed training and is unlikely to be considered match fit.
Like Watford, Barnsley also have a problem position after both of their first-choice centre halves - Peter Ramage and Martin Cranie - went off with hamstring injuries on Tuesday night.
The Tykes are second from bottom of the Championship and have the worst away record in the division. Although they have won two of their last four matches.
- Watford have not given up hope of Almen Abdi playing again this season. Read more here.
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