Watford defender Tommie Hoban a doubt for Birmingham City clash after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem

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Watford defender Tommie Hoban is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Birmingham City after the 20-year-old suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury.

Hoban played the full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace last Friday but the talented centre-half was struggling with the same problem that had previously kept him out since New Year's Day.

Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola was impressed with the youngster's display and said Hoban's fitness will be assessed in the days leading up to the game.

"Hoban has been good," Zola said on Wednesday.

"I thought he played a very good game against Crystal Palace. I thought defensively, he was excellent and also with the ball.

"He picked up a little problem in his ankle so we’ll have him assessed and we’ll see whether it’s going to be a problem."

When asked if it was a recurrence of his previous ankle injury, Zola said: “I believe so, yes.”

The Italian was more hopeful however on the availability of defender Joel Ekstrand who has recovered from the knee injury which kept him out of Sweden's game with Argentina last week.

Zola said: “Joel’s here today (Wednesday) and there are good possibilities that he might be available for Saturday.

"He hasn’t trained with the squad, he has trained on his own a bit and he’s been doing physio.”

Ikechi Anya was also back in training this week, as was Nyron Nosworthy who returned from international duty fit.

Connor Smith and Neuton however remain sidelined.

 

 

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6:56pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Poppet Bear says...

No probs, we've got lots of good options.
No probs, we've got lots of good options. Poppet Bear
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8:22pm Thu 14 Feb 13

DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian says...

I'm 100% certain he's 19, not 20.
I'm 100% certain he's 19, not 20. DouglasRinaldi the better Brazilian
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8:26pm Thu 14 Feb 13

endean2 says...

not entirely sure that I agree with that comment.
it seems that its normally the CB that get the most injuries and I would like to see more couver there.
Players that can play there and midfield.

Neuton out Thompson out Elkstrand a hopeful.
possibly worrying to much but Zihic or whatever can be a handful.
not entirely sure that I agree with that comment. it seems that its normally the CB that get the most injuries and I would like to see more couver there. Players that can play there and midfield. Neuton out Thompson out Elkstrand a hopeful. possibly worrying to much but Zihic or whatever can be a handful. endean2
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10:21pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Holly68 says...

Team :

Manuel (there's a fly in my soup)
Doyley
Hall
Nosworthy
Cassetti
Battochio
Chalobah
Abdi
Pudil
Deeney
Vydra

Bench

Bond
Ekstrand
Geijo
Fessi
Eustace
Mbia
Hogg
Team : Manuel (there's a fly in my soup) Doyley Hall Nosworthy Cassetti Battochio Chalobah Abdi Pudil Deeney Vydra Bench Bond Ekstrand Geijo Fessi Eustace Mbia Hogg Holly68
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10:58pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Andrew1963 says...

Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places.
Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places. Andrew1963
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7:30am Fri 15 Feb 13

mkhornet says...

We could play Hoban, Eckstrand or Nosworthy in that position and not really notice much difference all are excellent. Just shows how far we've come since Martin Taylor left he wouln't get a look in now.
We could play Hoban, Eckstrand or Nosworthy in that position and not really notice much difference all are excellent. Just shows how far we've come since Martin Taylor left he wouln't get a look in now. mkhornet
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7:31am Fri 15 Feb 13

Eastsussexhornet says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places.
Don't fully agree. We DO have so many options for all positions that an injury is far less of an issue than last year but a few of them are beginning to shine as "must plays". Hoban is ALMOST one of them in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places.[/p][/quote]Don't fully agree. We DO have so many options for all positions that an injury is far less of an issue than last year but a few of them are beginning to shine as "must plays". Hoban is ALMOST one of them in my opinion. Eastsussexhornet
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9:47am Fri 15 Feb 13

Harry's Bar says...

Eastsussexhornet wrote:
Andrew1963 wrote: Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places.
Don't fully agree. We DO have so many options for all positions that an injury is far less of an issue than last year but a few of them are beginning to shine as "must plays". Hoban is ALMOST one of them in my opinion.
The centre backs for tomorrow seem to be the only bone of contention. I agree with East Sussex that Hoban is close to being a shoe in. Ekstrand should play if fit. I'd play Nos ahead of Hall. Hall's disribution in the second half last week was not great.
[quote][p][bold]Eastsussexhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Good - Nolsworthy looks far more solid - at the moment the best back 3 are Doyley;Hall and Nolsworthy - Hoban recent performances put him 5th for 3 places.[/p][/quote]Don't fully agree. We DO have so many options for all positions that an injury is far less of an issue than last year but a few of them are beginning to shine as "must plays". Hoban is ALMOST one of them in my opinion.[/p][/quote]The centre backs for tomorrow seem to be the only bone of contention. I agree with East Sussex that Hoban is close to being a shoe in. Ekstrand should play if fit. I'd play Nos ahead of Hall. Hall's disribution in the second half last week was not great. Harry's Bar
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