Watford's Almen Abdi to return tomorrow ...... but it's Boreham Wood not Blackburn Rovers for the midfielder

Almen Abdi shortly before his latest injury set-back. Picture: Action Images

Almen Abdi shortly before his latest injury set-back. Picture: Action Images

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Watford's influential midfielder Almen Abdi is set to return to semi-competitive action tomorrow night when he plays in the club's Herts Senior Cup quarter-final at Boreham Wood.

The Hornets had suggested Abdi could play again this season two weeks ago but they remained cautious due to his on-going foot injury.

However, Watford have this afternoon confirmed Abdi will play at Meadow Park when a youthful Watford XI face Boreham Wood, with kick-off 7.45pm.

Abdi, who is the Golden Boys' current player of the year, suffered his latest injury set-back at the end of January.

The club’s current player of the year has had a torrid time this season due to an unusual foot condition which has resulted in him not starting a match since August.

Abdi has been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis, which leads to unexpected sharp pains in his foot, for most of this season but he made a return to action in mid-January and featured in four matches from the bench before being withdrawn 14 minutes after his introduction at Nottingham Forest on January 28.

Head of medical Marco Cesarini had continually stressed Abdi’s recovery wasn’t complete and that there was the risk of him still suffering pains in his foot.

The club have been considering their options when it comes to Abdi's treatment but have decided to persist with "conservative treatment" rather than surgery.

Full injury news ahead of tomorrow's game with Blackburn Rovers will be uploaded in due course.

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4:41pm Mon 24 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided
Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided grahamwfc
  • Score: 5

4:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Gash69 says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided
Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided[/p][/quote]Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !. Gash69
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Mon 24 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

A slow and gentle return. We have missed you Almen. Come back stronger and fitter for the pre-season friendlies and for next season.
A slow and gentle return. We have missed you Almen. Come back stronger and fitter for the pre-season friendlies and for next season. andyhooked
  • Score: 8

4:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

Gash69 wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided
Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !.
Yes but obviously. You are not wrong about centred halves
[quote][p][bold]Gash69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided[/p][/quote]Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !.[/p][/quote]Yes but obviously. You are not wrong about centred halves grahamwfc
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Mon 24 Mar 14

holtonian says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided
Totally agree a game against Boreham Wood will be difficult and very competitive.surely he should get longer to recover fully.Clearly its a complex injury.
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided[/p][/quote]Totally agree a game against Boreham Wood will be difficult and very competitive.surely he should get longer to recover fully.Clearly its a complex injury. holtonian
  • Score: 2

5:26pm Mon 24 Mar 14

ashdownforestieri says...

Having been a sufferer of plantar faciitis it's not a condition that you would likely injure in a tackle. It's soft tissue under the heel so he will play with gel inserts protecting the heel. What would do him no end of harm would be to play on one of those end of season bone hard pitches some of us will remember. I hope he comes through it for the Club's sake but just as importantly for his own.
Having been a sufferer of plantar faciitis it's not a condition that you would likely injure in a tackle. It's soft tissue under the heel so he will play with gel inserts protecting the heel. What would do him no end of harm would be to play on one of those end of season bone hard pitches some of us will remember. I hope he comes through it for the Club's sake but just as importantly for his own. ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 7

6:02pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Gash69 says...

grahamwfc wrote:
Gash69 wrote:
grahamwfc wrote:
Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided
Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !.
Yes but obviously. You are not wrong about centred halves
9 - 0 to the Stevie G
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gash69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: Great to see him back bug is this wise. Rather see him play in a non competitive game behind close doors where it can be agreed as regards heavy tackling being avoided[/p][/quote]Didn't know he had a "bug" as well ! This is not the type of injury that will be affected by a heavy tackle but can reoccur just by weight transference to his foot, therefore can't see why he is not on the bench for the 1st team game or is it because he isn't a centre half !.[/p][/quote]Yes but obviously. You are not wrong about centred halves[/p][/quote]9 - 0 to the Stevie G Gash69
  • Score: -2

1:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

soulfulhornet says...

Hopefully, Almen will get a good 45-60 mins or so without adverse reaction. I think this a sensible way to ease him back. Won't necessarily be easy, but alot more so than in the hurly burly of a Championship game against a side that still has play-off aspirations.

Welcome back Almen, we ain't half missed him. His absence has been a major contributory factor to our mediocrity this season. We were in a play-off position when he got the injury.

A midfield with a fully fit Abdi and Tozser behind him is a mouthwatering prospect for next season assuming we can sign the latter in the summer.
Hopefully, Almen will get a good 45-60 mins or so without adverse reaction. I think this a sensible way to ease him back. Won't necessarily be easy, but alot more so than in the hurly burly of a Championship game against a side that still has play-off aspirations. Welcome back Almen, we ain't half missed him. His absence has been a major contributory factor to our mediocrity this season. We were in a play-off position when he got the injury. A midfield with a fully fit Abdi and Tozser behind him is a mouthwatering prospect for next season assuming we can sign the latter in the summer. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 0

6:44pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bonser Out says...

ashdownforestieri wrote:
Having been a sufferer of plantar faciitis it's not a condition that you would likely injure in a tackle. It's soft tissue under the heel so he will play with gel inserts protecting the heel. What would do him no end of harm would be to play on one of those end of season bone hard pitches some of us will remember. I hope he comes through it for the Club's sake but just as importantly for his own.
I'm a fellow sufferer and the gel inserts have helped me massively.
[quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: Having been a sufferer of plantar faciitis it's not a condition that you would likely injure in a tackle. It's soft tissue under the heel so he will play with gel inserts protecting the heel. What would do him no end of harm would be to play on one of those end of season bone hard pitches some of us will remember. I hope he comes through it for the Club's sake but just as importantly for his own.[/p][/quote]I'm a fellow sufferer and the gel inserts have helped me massively. Bonser Out
  • Score: 0

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