Popular Watford duo Lloyd Doyley and Cristian Battocchio back for visit of Ipswich Town

Cristian Battocchio was stretchered off against Burnley. Picture: Holly Cant

Cristian Battocchio was stretchered off against Burnley. Picture: Holly Cant

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Watford midfielder Cristian Battocchio and Lloyd Doyley are in contention for Saturday’s visit from Ipswich Town.

Battocchio injured his knee following a heavy challenge against Burnley a fortnight ago, missing the Hornets’ last two matches as a result.

And Doyley is back in training and fit to return after twisting his ankle in March.

But winger Ikechi Anya suffered an Achilles contusion at Millwall on Saturday and is rated as doubtful.

Facing the prospect of two matches in three days, head coach Beppe Sannino has said he is likely to make some changes over the Easter weekend in order to keep the side fresh.

Earlier this week it was revealed Arsenal loanee Chu-Young Park was unlikely to play for Watford again this season and the Hornets' head of medical confirmed that was likely to be the case.

Park is currently undergoing treatment in South Korea for the skin infection Cellulitis on his toe in a race to be fit for the World Cup this summer.

Park’s international manager Hong Myung-bo said on Monday: “Park is quickly regaining his form. But it will be difficult for him to go back to England for Watford’s final match.

“It would be better for Park to comment on whether he will go back to Watford. He will make a decision after discussing the matter with his team.”

And speaking this afternoon, Hornets’ head of medical Cesarini said: “Park is having treatment in Korea. Everything was agreed with Watford, Arsenal and the player.

“It’s a toe injury and he is looking unlikely to play again this season.

“There is a constant dialogue with the player, with Arsenal and with us. I think there is a short time before the end of the season so it is very unlikely he will feature again.”

Park joined the Hornets on loan from Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window but has made just one start and one substitute appearance for the Hornets, totalling 61 minutes of Championship action.

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6:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

endean2 says...

"Freshen" up by all means but please field the best team possible and give the fans something to really cheer for, as its hardly been a particulary
successful season in regards to expectations.
"Freshen" up by all means but please field the best team possible and give the fans something to really cheer for, as its hardly been a particulary successful season in regards to expectations. endean2
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

Why is it that professional footballers earn thousands of pounds per week but playing two lots of 90 minutes is too much for them? Most people work 40 hours plus a week and when they play that extra game they don't train that day. Should we shorten matches to 45 minutes so they don't get too tired?
Why is it that professional footballers earn thousands of pounds per week but playing two lots of 90 minutes is too much for them? Most people work 40 hours plus a week and when they play that extra game they don't train that day. Should we shorten matches to 45 minutes so they don't get too tired? Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: -3

8:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Cuetip says...

endean2 wrote:
"Freshen" up by all means but please field the best team possible and give the fans something to really cheer for, as its hardly been a particulary
successful season in regards to expectations.
i'm all for planting a big smile all round and a settled defense is great when on the break as we still encourage teams to come at us especially in the closing stages of a game when we should be shutting the barn door.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: "Freshen" up by all means but please field the best team possible and give the fans something to really cheer for, as its hardly been a particulary successful season in regards to expectations.[/p][/quote]i'm all for planting a big smile all round and a settled defense is great when on the break as we still encourage teams to come at us especially in the closing stages of a game when we should be shutting the barn door. Cuetip
  • Score: -2

11:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

rogeruk says...

Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy.

Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.
Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy. Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season. rogeruk
  • Score: -6

11:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

rogeruk says...

rogeruk wrote:
Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy.

Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.
should read the English
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy. Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.[/p][/quote]should read the English rogeruk
  • Score: -2

12:10am Fri 18 Apr 14

nick middlesex says...

Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit..
Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit.. nick middlesex
  • Score: 11

8:08am Fri 18 Apr 14

mellow yellow says...

nick middlesex wrote:
Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit..
Agreed. Palace did the same job on us that Boothroyd's Watford did to Leeds in Cardiff. Also, that team has the benefit of a far more shrewd manager at the helm than the one that they were promoted with. Were it not for Rogers (should Liverpool win the title) then Pulis would be manager of the year.
[quote][p][bold]nick middlesex[/bold] wrote: Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit..[/p][/quote]Agreed. Palace did the same job on us that Boothroyd's Watford did to Leeds in Cardiff. Also, that team has the benefit of a far more shrewd manager at the helm than the one that they were promoted with. Were it not for Rogers (should Liverpool win the title) then Pulis would be manager of the year. mellow yellow
  • Score: 12

9:48am Fri 18 Apr 14

Hornet1970 says...

cant stand mr integrety....so hope they ***k up
cant stand mr integrety....so hope they ***k up Hornet1970
  • Score: -6

11:36am Fri 18 Apr 14

rousman 2 says...

If Holloway had stayed they would have been relegated weeks ago, goes to show what a difference a decent manager makes, they will stay up now.
If Holloway had stayed they would have been relegated weeks ago, goes to show what a difference a decent manager makes, they will stay up now. rousman 2
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Fri 18 Apr 14

ralear49 says...

is Anya made of porcelain?
is Anya made of porcelain? ralear49
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Harry's Bar says...

rogeruk wrote:
Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy.

Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.
I wouldn't say catastrophic, at one point we were looking over our shoulders at the bottom three. I would say a season of frustration and reality checks. The cold light of day can really hit hard in this division. Ultimately Nani cost Zola his job and I think his days are numbered. Saninno to get another season, and with more suitable recruits a play off place should be attainable.
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy. Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't say catastrophic, at one point we were looking over our shoulders at the bottom three. I would say a season of frustration and reality checks. The cold light of day can really hit hard in this division. Ultimately Nani cost Zola his job and I think his days are numbered. Saninno to get another season, and with more suitable recruits a play off place should be attainable. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 0

5:21pm Fri 18 Apr 14

BryantheOrn says...

rogeruk wrote:
Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy.

Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.
Get real, Watford have become an established championship club ,what do you expect? We'll end way above some so called bigger clubs ie Leeds, Forest, Brum, Sheffs Wed and Utd. Give it 2 years and we'll probably be above Palace. If you're looking for catastrophic seasons, you should of seen us 1971 to 74!
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: Crystal Palace inferior to Watford in last May's final will finish over 20 places above Watford in English the football hierarchy. Lets be honest for all sorts of reasons it has been a catastrophic season.[/p][/quote]Get real, Watford have become an established championship club ,what do you expect? We'll end way above some so called bigger clubs ie Leeds, Forest, Brum, Sheffs Wed and Utd. Give it 2 years and we'll probably be above Palace. If you're looking for catastrophic seasons, you should of seen us 1971 to 74! BryantheOrn
  • Score: 2

10:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

rogeruk says...

nick middlesex wrote:
Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit..
Bit before my time but I taker your point! Today gets worse, SD is now a premier league manager.
[quote][p][bold]nick middlesex[/bold] wrote: Roger, I don't like Palace but they were better than us on the day. If they had Murray fit and not had to play Wilbraham they wouldn't have needed extra time. We didn't turn up that day and it was written 20 minutes into the game. Pulis is a half decent manager and football's elitists will one day have to admit it. Nothing to do with the thread I admit..[/p][/quote]Bit before my time but I taker your point! Today gets worse, SD is now a premier league manager. rogeruk
  • Score: 0

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