Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia struggling with knee injury, says Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola

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Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was left out of the squad against Leeds United on Saturday because of a knee problem.

Almunia was taken off at half-time against Bolton Wanderers last month and missed subsequent matches against Yeovil Town and Burnley due to illness.

The Spanish stopper recovered last week and was expected to be available for Saturday's test at Leeds.

When asked if Almunia's absence was down to selection or fitness, head coach Gianfranco Zola said: "Almunia has been coming back from illness but he also has a small problem on his knee.

"He had a scan yesterday (Friday) and we will assess the problem."

 

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11:17am Mon 9 Dec 13

Bobbyhowfield says...

Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals. Bobbyhowfield

11:21am Mon 9 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

I can understand them wanting to keep this in house but I'm convinced Almunia's "small problem" is in his mind, not his knee.
I can understand them wanting to keep this in house but I'm convinced Almunia's "small problem" is in his mind, not his knee. Harry's Bar

12:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
I can understand them wanting to keep this in house but I'm convinced Almunia's "small problem" is in his mind, not his knee.
You're not alone with that thought, Harry.
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: I can understand them wanting to keep this in house but I'm convinced Almunia's "small problem" is in his mind, not his knee.[/p][/quote]You're not alone with that thought, Harry. mellow yellow

12:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

1234566789 says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area 1234566789

12:32pm Mon 9 Dec 13

thepriceisnickywright says...

1234566789 wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area
Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative.
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area[/p][/quote]Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative. thepriceisnickywright

12:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Probably too much for Nos to play two games in a week so soon after returning to the team.
I would still expect him to play against Sheff Weds alongside Fitz Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]Probably too much for Nos to play two games in a week so soon after returning to the team. I would still expect him to play against Sheff Weds alongside Fitz Hall. AngelHornet

1:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

1234566789 says...

thepriceisnickywrigh
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1234566789 wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area
Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative.
No I wasn't there but have seen the goal so can comment on it. Not criticising the guy in general and not commenting on his all round performance, just taking the heat from Nos.
[quote][p][bold]thepriceisnickywrigh t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area[/p][/quote]Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative.[/p][/quote]No I wasn't there but have seen the goal so can comment on it. Not criticising the guy in general and not commenting on his all round performance, just taking the heat from Nos. 1234566789

1:51pm Mon 9 Dec 13

thepriceisnickywright says...

1234566789 wrote:
thepriceisnickywrigh

t
wrote:
1234566789 wrote:
Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area
Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative.
No I wasn't there but have seen the goal so can comment on it. Not criticising the guy in general and not commenting on his all round performance, just taking the heat from Nos.
Fair enough, can't say it was all of his fault though. Probably a 50 50 split, and it was a decent finish anyway
[quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thepriceisnickywrigh t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1234566789[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure Bond was at fault for the third Leeds goal - not wanting to come and claim/ command his area[/p][/quote]Potentially, but Nos could have done more to deal with it in the first place. Bond has made a couple of fantastic saves in the last 2 games and kept us in these games. Think of how many actual mistakes Almunia has made this season? Commenting on one goal scored against Bond, when you probably weren't even at the game, is being negative for the sake of being negative.[/p][/quote]No I wasn't there but have seen the goal so can comment on it. Not criticising the guy in general and not commenting on his all round performance, just taking the heat from Nos.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, can't say it was all of his fault though. Probably a 50 50 split, and it was a decent finish anyway thepriceisnickywright

3:31pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.
Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet. jasonwatford

3:44pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.
Had Ekstrand shot earlier we would have won.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.[/p][/quote]Had Ekstrand shot earlier we would have won. Harry's Bar

4:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

thepriceisnickywright says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.
Completely disagree. How do you know Manuel would have made the saves Bond did? A man lacking in confidence who is mentally shot. Bond has been voted only 2nd to Deeney in the MOM votes, yet apparently you think we would have won the game if Almunia was in goal?

I am not saying Bond is the complete package, he's only young. Yet I think he put in a fantastic performance, and is getting unfair criticism
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.[/p][/quote]Completely disagree. How do you know Manuel would have made the saves Bond did? A man lacking in confidence who is mentally shot. Bond has been voted only 2nd to Deeney in the MOM votes, yet apparently you think we would have won the game if Almunia was in goal? I am not saying Bond is the complete package, he's only young. Yet I think he put in a fantastic performance, and is getting unfair criticism thepriceisnickywright

4:05pm Mon 9 Dec 13

#luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
jasonwatford wrote:
Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.
Had Ekstrand shot earlier we would have won.
If we had scored one more that them we would have won! ...........
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Had Manuel been in goal at Leeds we would have won that game. Bond is good and needs to take a few games at a time...he is not ready to be our number 1 just yet.[/p][/quote]Had Ekstrand shot earlier we would have won.[/p][/quote]If we had scored one more that them we would have won! ........... #luvreadingthesamemuppetscommentingasexperts

4:20pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well.
Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.
No arguably about it, he had a shocker - their first and third goals wer. Appalling!!! He will be back Sat though, hopefully with Angella
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Although Bond Has let in 6 in three games he has played very well. Noswothy had a faultless game at Burnley but he was not strong or quick enough on Saturday and arguably could have done better to prevent all three goals.[/p][/quote]No arguably about it, he had a shocker - their first and third goals wer. Appalling!!! He will be back Sat though, hopefully with Angella Ronny oh Ronny Ronny

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