Former Hornets to miss return to Vicarage Road with Brighton & Hove Albion

Will Buckley impressed during his time at Watford. Picture: Action Images

Will Buckley impressed during his time at Watford. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Former Hornets winger Will Buckley will miss Brighton & Hove Albion’s trip to Vicarage Road tomorrow – as will several players with Watford links.

Buckley, who has made 19 appearances this season, has not played since December 29 due to a hamstring injury.

Watford-born Craig Mackail-Smith is still not fit following Achilles and ankle injuries and fellow striker Will Hoskins, who spent three years with the Hornets, is back training but still not ready after almost a year out with a serious knee injury.

Ex-Golden Boys loanee Liam Bridcutt has also this week left Brighton to join Premier League side Sunderland.

Brighton will be without Andrew Crofts due to a knee injury but new signings Dale Stephens and David Rodriguez could feature.

The Seagulls, who are eighth in the Championship, have the best away defensive record in the league, having kept eight clean sheets on the road, but only four teams have scored less than their 11 away goals.

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8:27am Sat 1 Feb 14

chadderton orn says...

Like to think we can win this game, but I'm not sure. They may have 7 players out, i can see us still chasing the game. If this was last season i would have thought 3 points easy God what a difference a year makes. That was then this is now time to change things otherwise its going to be a relegation battle with holloways lot, and i hate that man so much.So come on watford lets do this 3 points sunday please. COYH
Like to think we can win this game, but I'm not sure. They may have 7 players out, i can see us still chasing the game. If this was last season i would have thought 3 points easy God what a difference a year makes. That was then this is now time to change things otherwise its going to be a relegation battle with holloways lot, and i hate that man so much.So come on watford lets do this 3 points sunday please. COYH chadderton orn
  • Score: 4

9:01am Sat 1 Feb 14

endean2 says...

my normal level of optimism is fast fading.
our last minute transfer dealings have added to that gloom.
unfortunately mid table at best
COYH
my normal level of optimism is fast fading. our last minute transfer dealings have added to that gloom. unfortunately mid table at best COYH endean2
  • Score: -5

10:31am Sat 1 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

endean2 wrote:
my normal level of optimism is fast fading.
our last minute transfer dealings have added to that gloom.
unfortunately mid table at best
COYH
You remain an optimist! Only a dramatic change will see us reaching even those dizzy heights!
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: my normal level of optimism is fast fading. our last minute transfer dealings have added to that gloom. unfortunately mid table at best COYH[/p][/quote]You remain an optimist! Only a dramatic change will see us reaching even those dizzy heights! Hornankey
  • Score: 4

10:52am Sat 1 Feb 14

hornetwise says...

Seriously the players coming in are so much better than the ones going out.....this is the problem when the original plan fails,new manager comes in and he has to have time to sort out his best team. We will end up using 30 + players again but our aim must be to get a settled team end the season in good form and go for promotion next.............
Seriously the players coming in are so much better than the ones going out.....this is the problem when the original plan fails,new manager comes in and he has to have time to sort out his best team. We will end up using 30 + players again but our aim must be to get a settled team end the season in good form and go for promotion next............. hornetwise
  • Score: 7

11:39am Sat 1 Feb 14

Poppet Bear says...

How can we get a settled side with all these loan players. Even if it's successful, they'll be gone again. I understood the philosophy last year but this year we have become a bit of a joke, in footballing circles. Oh well COYH still support you wherever you end up !!!
How can we get a settled side with all these loan players. Even if it's successful, they'll be gone again. I understood the philosophy last year but this year we have become a bit of a joke, in footballing circles. Oh well COYH still support you wherever you end up !!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: -1

1:26pm Sat 1 Feb 14

francowatford says...

DIAKITE MERKEL MURRAY IN THE MIDDLE
RENGIE FORESTIERI UP FRONT
DIAKITE MERKEL MURRAY IN THE MIDDLE RENGIE FORESTIERI UP FRONT francowatford
  • Score: -3

1:50pm Sat 1 Feb 14

BCB69 says...

Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle.
Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle. BCB69
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Sat 1 Feb 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

BCB69 wrote:
Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle.
It's already a relegation battle.
[quote][p][bold]BCB69[/bold] wrote: Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle.[/p][/quote]It's already a relegation battle. CARDIFFHORN
  • Score: -1

11:31am Sun 2 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

hornetwise wrote:
Seriously the players coming in are so much better than the ones going out.....this is the problem when the original plan fails,new manager comes in and he has to have time to sort out his best team. We will end up using 30 + players again but our aim must be to get a settled team end the season in good form and go for promotion next.............
How do you know those coming in are better than the current players? We thought that in the summer but it hasn't world out.
[quote][p][bold]hornetwise[/bold] wrote: Seriously the players coming in are so much better than the ones going out.....this is the problem when the original plan fails,new manager comes in and he has to have time to sort out his best team. We will end up using 30 + players again but our aim must be to get a settled team end the season in good form and go for promotion next.............[/p][/quote]How do you know those coming in are better than the current players? We thought that in the summer but it hasn't world out. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: -1

11:33am Sun 2 Feb 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

CARDIFFHORN wrote:
BCB69 wrote:
Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle.
It's already a relegation battle.
I agree WE ARE IN A RELEGATION BATTLE. NOW

Forget the play offs. We have 1 win in 15, relegation form by any standards. We need the players to stand up and be counted now and to show more mettle than they have done over the last 4 to 5 months.
[quote][p][bold]CARDIFFHORN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCB69[/bold] wrote: Hate to say this, but if the Horn's do not get 3 points on Sunday it could be the start of a relegation battle.[/p][/quote]It's already a relegation battle.[/p][/quote]I agree WE ARE IN A RELEGATION BATTLE. NOW Forget the play offs. We have 1 win in 15, relegation form by any standards. We need the players to stand up and be counted now and to show more mettle than they have done over the last 4 to 5 months. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: -1

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