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Almen Abdi fit but Lloyd Doyley a doubt for Watford's trip to Blackpool
11:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
Almen Abdi is in contention to face Blackpool tomorrow (Saturday) after overcoming a foot problem but Lloyd Doyley is a doubt for the trip to the Seasiders.
Abdi missed the midweek League Cup win against Bournemouth, although he would have been rested anyway, but Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola confirmed the midfielder is available and trained on Wednesday.
The only fresh injury worry is Doyley and speaking about the defender yesterday (Thursday), Zola said: “There is a little concern with Lloyd. He has a little problem with his thigh and we will make a decision tomorrow.”
Blackpool will be Watford’s last game before several of their players head off for the international break.
The Hornets do not return to action until September 14 and Zola believes it is important his side secure a positive result against the Tangerines.
He explained: “It is very important to perform well before the international break because you can relax slightly and enjoy the break more.
“But it is important we continue our good work during that period as we need consistency to our work.
“A good result is always a blessing and a win would help us go into the two weeks with confidence.”
Blackpool have caught many Championship observers by surprise after they claimed three victories and a draw from their first four matches.
The results have put Paul Ince’s side top of the early-season table but a positive for Watford is Blackpool’s ever-growing injury list has left manager Paul Ince down to the bare bones, while the departures of Tiago Gomes, Ludovic Sylvestre, Elliot Grandin, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Matt Phillips have meant the Seasiders are light on the attacking front.
However, Zola is taking nothing for granted and is anticipating a tough test for his side at Vicarage Road.
He said: “Their last few results have been good. They are a solid team and they work hard so it will be difficult for us.
“I haven’t seen much of them recently but I am sure, based on the reports I’ve received, that it will be difficult.”
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