Watford and Republic of Ireland Under-19 defender Tommie Hoban expected to return next month

Watford Observer: Picture: Holly Cant Picture: Holly Cant

Watford's promising defender Tommie Hoban should return to action in January after missing ten months with injury.

Hoban became an integral part of the Hornets’ defence last season despite being just 19 years old; making 18 consecutive starts between late September and New Year’s Day.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international damaged his Achilles in January and although he returned for one game in February, he missed the rest of the season with the problem.

The Watford Academy graduate visited specialists across the world and it was decided he would have surgery in the USA in late April.

Hoban, who spent time at the Isokinetic Clinic in London as part of his rehabilitation, has been doing some training with the rest of the squad and is nearing a return.

Speaking at last night's fans' forum, head coach Gianfranco Zola said: "I spoke to Tommie this morning and things are going well. Of course when you have a big operation like he had, the problem coming back is all the other bones and tendons get painful. He has had a delicate operation and is doing fantastically well.

"We are expected him to have his first official game in January.

"We know how important Tommie was last year and how important Tommie can be for this club in the future. He is a lovely boy and personally I am delighted.

"Next month we will organise a game for him and we will be very pleased to see him on the pitch."

Almen Abdi is also nearing a return. Read about his recovery here.

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3:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Great that he's fully recovered. Will be a while before we see him in the first 11 but has a great many years ahead of him in the yellow shirt.
Great that he's fully recovered. Will be a while before we see him in the first 11 but has a great many years ahead of him in the yellow shirt. Mickey Quinn, not so thin

3:16pm Tue 10 Dec 13

84AGAIN says...

That is SERIOUSLY good news, was massive for us last season and can be so again. Agree that it will take a while to get to the level he was last season but he can get there and beyond given time. (And he's an ex academy player!)
That is SERIOUSLY good news, was massive for us last season and can be so again. Agree that it will take a while to get to the level he was last season but he can get there and beyond given time. (And he's an ex academy player!) 84AGAIN

3:33pm Tue 10 Dec 13

peter10531089 says...

great news - this along with Murrays performances this season are pivotal in demonstrating to detractors in the press or indeed other youth players - that coming through the ranks at the club is still more than possible!
great news - this along with Murrays performances this season are pivotal in demonstrating to detractors in the press or indeed other youth players - that coming through the ranks at the club is still more than possible! peter10531089

4:53pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ORBY says...

Great news along with Abdi returning. Things are looking good for the Christmas fixtures.
Great news along with Abdi returning. Things are looking good for the Christmas fixtures. ORBY

5:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Johnny Ryden says...

What a boost it will be if Tommie can come back and pick up the form he was in before, fingers crossed!
What a boost it will be if Tommie can come back and pick up the form he was in before, fingers crossed! Johnny Ryden

10:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

croxley46 says...

Perhaps use him from the bench in the Bris. City cup game?
Perhaps use him from the bench in the Bris. City cup game? croxley46

12:14am Wed 11 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

We haven't had much luck with injuries so far this season. Hopefully we'll have a fully fit squad soon
We haven't had much luck with injuries so far this season. Hopefully we'll have a fully fit squad soon Hornet Cornet

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