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Gianfranco Zola: 'There may not be as many changes at Blackburn Rovers as you think'
Watford will almost certainly make changes against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night but head coach Gianfranco Zola has suggested there are unlikely to be as many as recent matches.
The Hornets have made eight changes for their last two games and there were five and six alterations for the fixtures before that against Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers.
Tomorrow's match will be their fifth contest in 18 days and when asked if he will make wholesale changes, Zola replied: "We will see. I am considering it. There might be a few changes but we will see. There may not be as many as you think."
Almen Abdi has not played since August 31 - the final game before the international break - due to an inflammation on his foot.
Zola confirmed: "Almen is not ready yet. We are being extra careful with him because we do not want to make the injury too bad for him and we want to keep him fit [in the long term]. We don't want to risk him and it become a serious problem."
Defenders Nyron Nosworthy and Tommie Hoban are continuing their rehab work following long-term injuries but they are the only other players ruled out.
Josh McEachran's debut last week ended prematurely due to a back spasm but he was on the bench at the weekend and could feature at Ewood Park.
Zola explained: "Josh is fit and is available for selection. I'm not sure if he is able to play 90 minutes yet but he is certainly at a decent level of fitness. He is fit in terms of being injury free."
The Italian added: "There are no other problems other than tomorrow is our fifth game in 18 days so there will be players who are tired so that is an issue."
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