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Watford midfielder Almen Abdi should be fit for Friday's match against Burnley, says Gianfranco Zola
Watford midfielder Almen Abdi is expected to be available for Friday's match at home to Burnley but Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola says goalkeeper Manuel Almunia will need to be assessed.
Abdi suffered a groin injury before kick-off against Blackpool while Almunia has missed the last four league games with a hamstring injury.
"Abdi is on the way back," Zola said. "He should be fit for next Friday."
"We don’t know about Almunia, we will assess him next week but he is getting better."
Connor Smith should also return to training before Friday but Tommie Hoban, John Eustace and Neuton are all still injured.
Players often want to bounce back as soon as possible after a defeat but the Hornets head coach believes not having a match this weekend has allowed his squad a much-needed rest.
"I think in this case the break is good because we’ve been playing all the time since around October time, we never stopped, so I think it was about time to have a break and it is important," Zola said.
"I know we are getting towards the end of the season and sometimes it can happen that after a long and positive run like we had you can go through difficult or unfortunate games.
"It’s certainly not our best period at the moment but we’ll have important players back for the next game and that will definitely help us to get back to our best form."