Gianfranco Zola provides Watford injury update ahead of Tottenham clash on Sunday

Watford Observer: Matej Vydra has struggled with his fitness during pre-season, like a few of the Watford players. Pictures: Action Images and Alan Palmer Matej Vydra has struggled with his fitness during pre-season, like a few of the Watford players. Pictures: Action Images and Alan Palmer

Watford head coach Gianfranco Zola has confirmed three of the club's new signings missed yesterday's emphatic win over Barnet due to fitness issues.

The Hornets used 22 players during the 8-0 victory, which was held behind-closed-doors at London Colney, but Fitz Hall, Steve Leo Beleck and Matej Vydra were all left out of the team.

Watford had seven different goalscorers yesterday and were 7-0 up by half-time against the League Two side.

Zola said: "I was pleased with not only the goals, because they give everybody confidence, but also with the way the team are accepting the coaching and transforming that into action.

"Sunday against Tottenham will be a big game and I must say that we are in front of where I expected to be at this stage of pre-season. "

On-loan Udinese forward Vydra, who has spent much of pre-season doing fitness work, and Hall have yet to feature for Watford due to fitness issues.

Leo Beleck, who is also contracted to Udinese, played against Cork City last week but was struggling a little yesterday due to the training session the day before.

Zola said: "Leo Beleck was a precaution more than anything because yesterday it was an intense session.

"Vydra is working on an unbalance in the muscle and he is a precaution as well.

"Fitz Hall came in late and he is working on his fitness and he also had a slight problem when we came back from Ireland."

Like Vydra, Stephen McGinn has also spent most of pre-season working on his fitness after a long lay-off with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

McGinn has not played a competitive game for 17 months and Zola is keen to protect the 23-year-old.

He said: "McGinn has been out for a long time and had a major injury and we want to make sure that when he comes back, he will be fit."

Watford Observer: Stephen McGinn has signed a new one-year deal with the Hornets. Picture: Action Images

Zola confirmed Prince Buaben's fitness level is still lower than most of the squad after injury but the midfielder did play 45 minutes yesterday.

Two other players who have been injured during pre-season are Britt Assombalonga and Connor Smith.

Zola said: "They picked up small injuries and in pre-season you can’t take any risks so they have been recovering and working on slightly smaller workloads, because we don’t want to cause them more damage.

"Also they are younger players so the amount of work they can take on is less."

Watford returned from their pre-season break in Ireland at the weekend and Zola said the squad "worked well" and that the trip was "excellent".

There will be more from Zola in this week's Watford Observer, which is out tomorrow.

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11:58am Thu 2 Aug 12

Chris the Vic says...

It all seems very positive, Roll on Sunday.
It all seems very positive, Roll on Sunday. Chris the Vic
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1:38pm Thu 2 Aug 12

premier-dreamer says...

So what about TROY ...... hope he's not part of GZ plans !!
So what about TROY ...... hope he's not part of GZ plans !! premier-dreamer
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1:55pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

Sounds very positive and sensible.

Roll on Sunday, will be great to see us stroking it about on a perfect new pitch hopefully......

Can't wait to see the legends also!!
Sounds very positive and sensible. Roll on Sunday, will be great to see us stroking it about on a perfect new pitch hopefully...... Can't wait to see the legends also!! Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
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1:59pm Thu 2 Aug 12

jasonwatford says...

who is in the legends team
who is in the legends team jasonwatford
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2:28pm Thu 2 Aug 12

D.unstable says...

jasonwatford wrote:
who is in the legends team
Rocket Ronnie for sure :o)
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: who is in the legends team[/p][/quote]Rocket Ronnie for sure :o) D.unstable
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2:58pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Ronny oh Ronny Ronny says...

jasonwatford wrote:
who is in the legends team
Confirmed are the man - Ronnie!! Mooney, Wright, Smart, Rambo, Palmer.... There will be many others
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: who is in the legends team[/p][/quote]Confirmed are the man - Ronnie!! Mooney, Wright, Smart, Rambo, Palmer.... There will be many others Ronny oh Ronny Ronny
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2:59pm Thu 2 Aug 12

jasonwatford says...

one half for them one for us ?? same as falco ?? or are they both too old ??
one half for them one for us ?? same as falco ?? or are they both too old ?? jasonwatford
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3:23pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Eastsussexhornet says...

Headline was just gusto then. Normal injury level it seems....
Headline was just gusto then. Normal injury level it seems.... Eastsussexhornet
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3:35pm Thu 2 Aug 12

matthewp says...

Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player. matthewp
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4:14pm Thu 2 Aug 12

abbotshornet says...

I don't want to see good players going anywhere else but hopefully they have got other irons in the fire, but maybe not from this country.
Also looking forward to both games on Sunday whoever plays.
COYH
I don't want to see good players going anywhere else but hopefully they have got other irons in the fire, but maybe not from this country. Also looking forward to both games on Sunday whoever plays. COYH abbotshornet
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4:16pm Thu 2 Aug 12

desk35 says...

financial clout does not come into it .Look at the model to which our academy also fits into .Helguson a great hero but now 34 .
As much as I would love to see him in a yellow shirt again we have to look to the future .
If these players are so good why are they not going to the premier .
I am quite happy how things are going but as they say Rome was not built in a day .Patience
financial clout does not come into it .Look at the model to which our academy also fits into .Helguson a great hero but now 34 . As much as I would love to see him in a yellow shirt again we have to look to the future . If these players are so good why are they not going to the premier . I am quite happy how things are going but as they say Rome was not built in a day .Patience desk35
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5:34pm Thu 2 Aug 12

AngelHornet says...

Still feel we are light upfront, withte two loanees struggling for fitness.
Still feel we are light upfront, withte two loanees struggling for fitness. AngelHornet
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6:07pm Thu 2 Aug 12

SAHornet says...

matthewp wrote:
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
How do you know that we're not competing for the likes of these players? GZ still evaluating and coming to decisions on who else we need. Listen to his interviews and you will hear this confirmed by him.
[quote][p][bold]matthewp[/bold] wrote: Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.[/p][/quote]How do you know that we're not competing for the likes of these players? GZ still evaluating and coming to decisions on who else we need. Listen to his interviews and you will hear this confirmed by him. SAHornet
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8:25pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Watfordy2407 says...

Agree with Deck 35's comments re the need for patience and Heidars age does go against him now.
The concern about our front line will be addressed.Gianfranco will get it right but don't expect too much even if we win our opening game at Palace. Chances are we'll slip up at home soon after whilst the side gets into it's rhythm.Results away may give appearance to be easier.watch and wait
Agree with Deck 35's comments re the need for patience and Heidars age does go against him now. The concern about our front line will be addressed.Gianfranco will get it right but don't expect too much even if we win our opening game at Palace. Chances are we'll slip up at home soon after whilst the side gets into it's rhythm.Results away may give appearance to be easier.watch and wait Watfordy2407
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10:06pm Thu 2 Aug 12

mooneysmagic says...

matthewp wrote:
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada
[quote][p][bold]matthewp[/bold] wrote: Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.[/p][/quote]Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada mooneysmagic
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10:20am Fri 3 Aug 12

Colin West's mullet says...

mooneysmagic wrote:
matthewp wrote:
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada
we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan.

JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season.
[quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]matthewp[/bold] wrote: Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.[/p][/quote]Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada[/p][/quote]we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan. JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season. Colin West's mullet
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10:42am Fri 3 Aug 12

Bringe says...

Colin West's mullet wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote:
matthewp wrote:
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada
we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan.

JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season.
I know "Football Manager" are our sponsors but I don't think you quite understand our owners policy Mr Mullet.
[quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]matthewp[/bold] wrote: Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.[/p][/quote]Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada[/p][/quote]we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan. JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season.[/p][/quote]I know "Football Manager" are our sponsors but I don't think you quite understand our owners policy Mr Mullet. Bringe
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12:31pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Colin West's mullet says...

Bringe wrote:
Colin West's mullet wrote:
mooneysmagic wrote:
matthewp wrote:
Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.
Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada
we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan.

JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season.
I know "Football Manager" are our sponsors but I don't think you quite understand our owners policy Mr Mullet.
not quite sure what you're basing that statement on, Mr Bringe.

I understand it perfectly well - I simply disagreed with someone's assessment of 2 players. Nowhere did I say I expect to see them join us - they're both a little out of our league, to be frank, even if the Pozzo formula didn't prefer inter-group loans.
[quote][p][bold]Bringe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colin West's mullet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mooneysmagic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]matthewp[/bold] wrote: Helguson to Cardiff. Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn. Mackhail-Smith to Leeds. Surely now with the financial clout of the Pozzo's we should be competing for these types of player.[/p][/quote]Helguson is past it, Jordan Rhodes has no experience at this level and Mackail Smith is nothing special. Why waste money buying players like this when we can get players just as good on loan from Udinese/Granada[/p][/quote]we should be aiming higher than H, but Rhodes will tear defences apart in this league, and CMS has got bags of tricks (and goals) as well as beign a lifeling fan. JR or CMS at The Vic would make my season.[/p][/quote]I know "Football Manager" are our sponsors but I don't think you quite understand our owners policy Mr Mullet.[/p][/quote]not quite sure what you're basing that statement on, Mr Bringe. I understand it perfectly well - I simply disagreed with someone's assessment of 2 players. Nowhere did I say I expect to see them join us - they're both a little out of our league, to be frank, even if the Pozzo formula didn't prefer inter-group loans. Colin West's mullet
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1:41pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Bringe says...

Lol ... no they're not out of our league at all but their current owners would ask too much leaving too little room for development and profit.

In hindsight we should possibly have pushed the boat out for CMS a couple of seasons ago but now that particular ship has sailed.
Lol ... no they're not out of our league at all but their current owners would ask too much leaving too little room for development and profit. In hindsight we should possibly have pushed the boat out for CMS a couple of seasons ago but now that particular ship has sailed. Bringe
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9:16am Sat 4 Aug 12

No Wheels says...

If Leeds are in for SMS, then I would like to think we could be too. The guy is already a hornet. We need a local boy or two... Very good striker at this level and works his socks off
If Leeds are in for SMS, then I would like to think we could be too. The guy is already a hornet. We need a local boy or two... Very good striker at this level and works his socks off No Wheels
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10:29am Sat 4 Aug 12

No Wheels says...

erm, CMS
erm, CMS No Wheels
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