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Gianfranco Zola says Watford need to progress in the League Cup due to squad size and strength
9:00am Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Sport
Gianfranco Zola says Watford need to progress in the League Cup due to the size of their squad and has called on his players to use tonight's game against Bristol Rovers as a chance to impress.
The Hornets have an impressive squad this season and their bench at Birmingham City on Saturday included three full internationals in Joel Ekstrand, Daniel Pudil and Diego Fabbrini.
Watford have shown in pre-season that they can change their whole XI and still field a side which would arguably be competitive in the Championship.
Zola did not reveal how many alterations he was planning tonight but did confirm: "I am considering making changes.
"There may be some players who come in but they are still considered first team players and we will have a strong team."
"It is important that we go further in this competition because of the size and strength of our squad," Zola continued.
"It gives those players a chance to impress me and everybody else.
"It is important the players realise this is a great opportunity for them."
Watford went out of the League Cup to Bristol Rovers at the first hurdle in 2011 and Zola stressed his players will not be taking the League Two side lightly.
Zola said: "There is no doubt about it; I know how difficult these games are and I am not underestimating the difficulty of the game. And it is the same for everybody else.
"The players know the danger of Bristol Rovers. We will prepare well and see what the outcome will be."
Winger Ikechi Anya is the only new player ruled out of tonight's game at Memorial Stadium, joining Tommie Hoban and Nyron Nosworthy on the sidelines.
Anya has a minor calf problem and will miss the League Cup first round tie as a precaution.
Zola said: "Ikechi has been ruled out. His injury is not too serious but he will be out for a few days.
"There are no other doubts and everyone else is available."
Zola talked about the strength of his squad after Saturday's 1-0 win at Birmingham City. You can listen to the whole of his press conference here.
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