Josh McEachran could return for Watford's Championship match against Wigan Athletic but Almen Abdi is out

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New signing Josh McEachran could recover from injury in time to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday but Almen Abdi remains absent due to a foot problem as Watford look to make it three victories on the bounce in the Championship.

McEachran, who joined on loan from Chelsea last Friday, started in Watford’s League Cup defeat to Norwich City in midweek but had to come off before half-time with a back spasm.

"It is not as bad as we thought," Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola said on Thursday. "Yesterday (Wednesday) he was much better and the medical team told me he would return to training tomorrow (Friday) so he could be available against Wigan."

There was less good news regarding Abdi’s fitness however. The midfielder has not played since Watford’s defeat to Blackpool on August 31.

"Almen unfortunately won't be ready for the Wigan game. He has an inflammation under the foot - it is taking a little bit longer than expected," Zola said.

"It is a part of the body where you stimulate it all the time when you walk and it can become a real problem if you are not careful so we are trying to take extra care with the injury."

The Watford head coach admitted some of his players are tired after playing extra-time against Norwich but the Italian said there are no fresh injuries to his squad.

Long-term absentees Nyron Nosworthy and Tommie Hoban are still out.

Wigan were among the pre-season favourites to contend for promotion, but Owen Coyle’s men have so far struggled to live up to their billing.

The Lactics currently sit 11th in the table and were roundly beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in midweek. Coyle’s side has failed to score away from home since the opening day of the season.

"They are one of the teams who came down last season but are still a good team. It will be another competitive match,” Zola added.

"Wigan will have more quality in the side than Barnsley but we are going into the match in a good moment and we are positive."

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6:05pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Stoney77 says...

I'm not sure McEachran is fully match fit. He had an injury in pre season and hasn't played much so it will be a miracle if he is. Maybe best to start with Iriney, McGugan and Murray in midfield, McEachran and Smith on the bench.
I'm not sure McEachran is fully match fit. He had an injury in pre season and hasn't played much so it will be a miracle if he is. Maybe best to start with Iriney, McGugan and Murray in midfield, McEachran and Smith on the bench. Stoney77

6:40pm Thu 26 Sep 13

demerit says...

Difficult to determine precisely how serious Abdi's injury is in terms of time out. We need a doctor to tell us I think......
Difficult to determine precisely how serious Abdi's injury is in terms of time out. We need a doctor to tell us I think...... demerit

6:43pm Thu 26 Sep 13

demerit says...

Stoney77 wrote:
I'm not sure McEachran is fully match fit. He had an injury in pre season and hasn't played much so it will be a miracle if he is. Maybe best to start with Iriney, McGugan and Murray in midfield, McEachran and Smith on the bench.
Agreed, even though I don't know much about McEachran. Iriney seems to have emerged as a class act as did Anya last season (first game away to Cardiff I think - at least that was the first time I remember seeing him) and SM seems to have come back to the boil again. So, yes, those three should do it for us.
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure McEachran is fully match fit. He had an injury in pre season and hasn't played much so it will be a miracle if he is. Maybe best to start with Iriney, McGugan and Murray in midfield, McEachran and Smith on the bench.[/p][/quote]Agreed, even though I don't know much about McEachran. Iriney seems to have emerged as a class act as did Anya last season (first game away to Cardiff I think - at least that was the first time I remember seeing him) and SM seems to have come back to the boil again. So, yes, those three should do it for us. demerit

7:41pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Paul Gadd says...

Get well soon Almen, sir
You are my Abdi
My Almen Abdi
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know how
much I love you
Don't ever take my Abdi away
COYH! 1881 forever!
Get well soon Almen, sir You are my Abdi My Almen Abdi You make me happy When skies are grey You'll never know how much I love you Don't ever take my Abdi away COYH! 1881 forever! Paul Gadd

9:29pm Thu 26 Sep 13

Watforce says...

"The Lactics currently sit 11th in the table and were roundly beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in midweek"
So the 'Lactics' are out of the milk cup? Lost their bottle!
"The Lactics currently sit 11th in the table and were roundly beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in midweek" So the 'Lactics' are out of the milk cup? Lost their bottle! Watforce

8:31am Fri 27 Sep 13

Chris the Vic says...

Wigan are a very good side and if they win their game in hand would be 1 point behind us. We need Josh fit, he looked good.

What I find far more worrying is Abdi, for many years we have performed badly at getting major players fit and without Abdi we are less of a team. i know some injuries take longer but I wonder about the level of medical support we have on seemingly minor injuries that take so long to be put right. It is several games since GFZ hinted Abdi might be aiming for a comeback.
Not so sure about Iriney....think we need another Hogg/Eustace type
Wigan are a very good side and if they win their game in hand would be 1 point behind us. We need Josh fit, he looked good. What I find far more worrying is Abdi, for many years we have performed badly at getting major players fit and without Abdi we are less of a team. i know some injuries take longer but I wonder about the level of medical support we have on seemingly minor injuries that take so long to be put right. It is several games since GFZ hinted Abdi might be aiming for a comeback. Not so sure about Iriney....think we need another Hogg/Eustace type Chris the Vic

9:39am Fri 27 Sep 13

Watforce says...

Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi.
If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break.
Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi. If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break. Watforce

10:00am Fri 27 Sep 13

neilhorn says...

Wigan are decent, this is a genuinely tough game. Blackburn on Tuesday will suit us down to the ground but tomorrow will be hard and if we can win it, we really are looking good.

Another sell-out, excellent. Get that new stand built asap. OK its not gonna be the most grandiose structure in the world but at least the Pozzos are sticking to their word -again.
Best time to be a Watford fan since 1981, and best football played by Watford ever. Every match is really exciting they can't come quick enough
Wigan are decent, this is a genuinely tough game. Blackburn on Tuesday will suit us down to the ground but tomorrow will be hard and if we can win it, we really are looking good. Another sell-out, excellent. Get that new stand built asap. OK its not gonna be the most grandiose structure in the world but at least the Pozzos are sticking to their word -again. Best time to be a Watford fan since 1981, and best football played by Watford ever. Every match is really exciting they can't come quick enough neilhorn

10:41am Fri 27 Sep 13

soulfulhornet says...

Wigan will be hard. they have a good side that includes many with Prem experience. The manager is a tough cookie too and the chairman knows what he is doing. They do play football and their style might suit us. Don't think they will park the proverbial bus a la Charlton/ Doncaster.

But more interested in us and how well our glorious team is developing.

What is shown by the last couple of games including the defeat on Tuesday is that many of the new signings are beginning to come to terms with the helter skelter of English football. It seems that Faraoni, Fabbrini, Iriney etc are starting to establish themselves. That means that GFZ can rotate the squad without weakening the starting eleven too much. Although I am still concerned about an understudy for Deeney and the lack of pace if Anya is not playing.

Agree with neilhorn, this is quite probably the best football any Watford has ever played. And of course that is with a bunch of foreign mercenaries who don't give 2 hoots about the club or so the sports media would have you believe.
Wigan will be hard. they have a good side that includes many with Prem experience. The manager is a tough cookie too and the chairman knows what he is doing. They do play football and their style might suit us. Don't think they will park the proverbial bus a la Charlton/ Doncaster. But more interested in us and how well our glorious team is developing. What is shown by the last couple of games including the defeat on Tuesday is that many of the new signings are beginning to come to terms with the helter skelter of English football. It seems that Faraoni, Fabbrini, Iriney etc are starting to establish themselves. That means that GFZ can rotate the squad without weakening the starting eleven too much. Although I am still concerned about an understudy for Deeney and the lack of pace if Anya is not playing. Agree with neilhorn, this is quite probably the best football any Watford has ever played. And of course that is with a bunch of foreign mercenaries who don't give 2 hoots about the club or so the sports media would have you believe. soulfulhornet

10:44am Fri 27 Sep 13

Stoney77 says...

Watforce wrote:
Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi.
If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break.
The positive this year is that when Abdi does not play, it allows McGugan more freedom to get forward more and McGugan, when on form, is one of the best midfielders in the league and he will score as many goals as Abdi did last season. McGugan also has a good eye for a pass, as does Abdi, and McGugan will probably match Abdi's assists too. What with Murray finding form as well as Battochio and McEachran, we are much better equipped without Abdi this year than we were last year.
[quote][p][bold]Watforce[/bold] wrote: Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi. If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break.[/p][/quote]The positive this year is that when Abdi does not play, it allows McGugan more freedom to get forward more and McGugan, when on form, is one of the best midfielders in the league and he will score as many goals as Abdi did last season. McGugan also has a good eye for a pass, as does Abdi, and McGugan will probably match Abdi's assists too. What with Murray finding form as well as Battochio and McEachran, we are much better equipped without Abdi this year than we were last year. Stoney77

10:45am Fri 27 Sep 13

soulfulhornet says...

Sorry please insert 'side' between any and Watford in last para.
Sorry please insert 'side' between any and Watford in last para. soulfulhornet

10:54am Fri 27 Sep 13

soulfulhornet says...

Agree with comments re Abdi - our best player last season. We missed him and his influence in crucial matches in the run in last year. But lets not forget he damaged his shoulder at Leeds last term and was out for several matches. That did not stop the great run that took us to the top six. And this time we have alternatives such as McGuigan, who is just getting better and better. Then of course the rejuvenated Sean Murray. Can't believe he is not 20 yet! And if not Murray then Battochio...and now McEachran.
Agree with comments re Abdi - our best player last season. We missed him and his influence in crucial matches in the run in last year. But lets not forget he damaged his shoulder at Leeds last term and was out for several matches. That did not stop the great run that took us to the top six. And this time we have alternatives such as McGuigan, who is just getting better and better. Then of course the rejuvenated Sean Murray. Can't believe he is not 20 yet! And if not Murray then Battochio...and now McEachran. soulfulhornet

11:45am Fri 27 Sep 13

mellow yellow says...

Stoney77 wrote:
Watforce wrote:
Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi.
If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break.
The positive this year is that when Abdi does not play, it allows McGugan more freedom to get forward more and McGugan, when on form, is one of the best midfielders in the league and he will score as many goals as Abdi did last season. McGugan also has a good eye for a pass, as does Abdi, and McGugan will probably match Abdi's assists too. What with Murray finding form as well as Battochio and McEachran, we are much better equipped without Abdi this year than we were last year.
Bang on, fella. Arriving just before kick off on Tuesday I had no idea who Norwich had fielded, but knew it was pretty much our 'reserve' side. Finding out later that Norwich were pretty much at full strength just shows how much depth we have. Abdi was hugely influential last year, but he won't be so exposed this time round. That gives us more options and even more creative prowess, let alone new signings who really can strike a ball with ferocity!
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Watforce[/bold] wrote: Watford's form suffered badly at a critical moment last season, losing to Blackpool last March when Abdi was injured pre-match, and then losing to Barnsley the following match, again without Abdi. If Watford can find a way to play without Abdi, they should be even stronger when he does come back, hopefully after international break.[/p][/quote]The positive this year is that when Abdi does not play, it allows McGugan more freedom to get forward more and McGugan, when on form, is one of the best midfielders in the league and he will score as many goals as Abdi did last season. McGugan also has a good eye for a pass, as does Abdi, and McGugan will probably match Abdi's assists too. What with Murray finding form as well as Battochio and McEachran, we are much better equipped without Abdi this year than we were last year.[/p][/quote]Bang on, fella. Arriving just before kick off on Tuesday I had no idea who Norwich had fielded, but knew it was pretty much our 'reserve' side. Finding out later that Norwich were pretty much at full strength just shows how much depth we have. Abdi was hugely influential last year, but he won't be so exposed this time round. That gives us more options and even more creative prowess, let alone new signings who really can strike a ball with ferocity! mellow yellow

12:38pm Fri 27 Sep 13

Hairy Hornet says...

I was certainly in "a good moment " last Saturday after the Barnsley game and I hope to be in an even better monet after Wigan on Saturday!
Wil be a few tough decisions for Zola after the performances on Tuesday.
I was certainly in "a good moment " last Saturday after the Barnsley game and I hope to be in an even better monet after Wigan on Saturday! Wil be a few tough decisions for Zola after the performances on Tuesday. Hairy Hornet

2:08pm Fri 27 Sep 13

soulfulhornet says...

Hairy Hornet wrote:
I was certainly in "a good moment " last Saturday after the Barnsley game and I hope to be in an even better monet after Wigan on Saturday! Wil be a few tough decisions for Zola after the performances on Tuesday.
I am positively drooling at the club's squad now. The selection dilemma of GFZ is who do I leave out, rather than the problem Malky and Sean had which was who do I put in.
Last season was unbelievable, this one has the potential to be even better.
[quote][p][bold]Hairy Hornet[/bold] wrote: I was certainly in "a good moment " last Saturday after the Barnsley game and I hope to be in an even better monet after Wigan on Saturday! Wil be a few tough decisions for Zola after the performances on Tuesday.[/p][/quote]I am positively drooling at the club's squad now. The selection dilemma of GFZ is who do I leave out, rather than the problem Malky and Sean had which was who do I put in. Last season was unbelievable, this one has the potential to be even better. soulfulhornet

4:22pm Fri 27 Sep 13

rufusn77 says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
Get well soon Almen, sir
You are my Abdi
My Almen Abdi
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know how
much I love you
Don't ever take my Abdi away
COYH! 1881 forever!
Da Da La Da!!! - Cmon Cmon!!
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: Get well soon Almen, sir You are my Abdi My Almen Abdi You make me happy When skies are grey You'll never know how much I love you Don't ever take my Abdi away COYH! 1881 forever![/p][/quote]Da Da La Da!!! - Cmon Cmon!! rufusn77

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