Watford head coach Beppe Sannino delighted to see Almen Abdi return against Bristol City

Watford Observer: Watford midfielder Almen Abdi. Picture: Holly Cant Watford midfielder Almen Abdi. Picture: Holly Cant

Beppe Sannino believes Almen Abdi has earned a place in the hearts of the Watford supporters and says it was important to give the midfielder a chance to experience "the smell of the game" against Bristol City.

Abdi made his first appearance for the Hornets since August 31 when he came off the bench in the 75th minute on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old has been suffering with an ongoing foot problem and his return to the field was greeted with a standing ovation by the Vicarage Road faithful, who cheered his every touch after he came on.

"I am happy for Abdi because I can see he is part of the supporters," said Sannino. 

"He was able to get into the supporters’ hearts because he was performing well and he deserved that.

"I am very happy for him tonight and it was great to see the standing ovation when he came on."

In the build-up to the match the club stressed that Abdi is still in a "transitional period" of his recovery but Sannino believes his run-out against Bristol City was beneficial for both him and his teammates.

Sannino said: "Of course he is not 100 per cent but for me it was very important to give him the chance to be part of the team and to feel the smell of the game."

He added: "Because Abdi is experienced, he can transmit to the other players some valuable composure."

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8:58am Thu 16 Jan 14

stewbyhorn says...

Mr Sannino will see how important Almen is to our club in the coming weeks, no doubt he will get another standing ovation on Saturday v Bournemouth. To say he is a major player is an understatement,
Welcome back Almen
Mr Sannino will see how important Almen is to our club in the coming weeks, no doubt he will get another standing ovation on Saturday v Bournemouth. To say he is a major player is an understatement, Welcome back Almen stewbyhorn
  • Score: 30

9:13am Thu 16 Jan 14

HornetJJ says...

I honestly think we would be in the top 6 if Abdi had stayed fit. He is that important to us!
I honestly think we would be in the top 6 if Abdi had stayed fit. He is that important to us! HornetJJ
  • Score: 19

9:49am Thu 16 Jan 14

Surbiton says...

Multi lingual, an inspirational and brilliant player. When he is fully fit he is my nomination for club captain.
Multi lingual, an inspirational and brilliant player. When he is fully fit he is my nomination for club captain. Surbiton
  • Score: 29

12:45pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Abbotshorn says...

Future skipper, future legend, was absolute class the other night albeit 10 mins, brought the ground alive, composed and assured. Personally if fit he is too good for this league, but no complaints that is is a Hornet
Future skipper, future legend, was absolute class the other night albeit 10 mins, brought the ground alive, composed and assured. Personally if fit he is too good for this league, but no complaints that is is a Hornet Abbotshorn
  • Score: 11

4:15pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lowerrous2 says...

It was a real lift for the club when Almen finally made an appearance on Tuesday night. Sincerely hope he is given short spells to confirm he is over his injury and to help with his match fitness.
It was a real lift for the club when Almen finally made an appearance on Tuesday night. Sincerely hope he is given short spells to confirm he is over his injury and to help with his match fitness. lowerrous2
  • Score: 7

4:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Good to see him playing again, probably just a small step in the right direction, don't want to rush it and set him back - but really looking forward to seeing him playing regularly.
Good to see him playing again, probably just a small step in the right direction, don't want to rush it and set him back - but really looking forward to seeing him playing regularly. The Not-so-enlightened one
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