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Summer signings Alex Geijo and Fitz Hall are still out as Watford take on Brighton and Hove Albion
Summer signings Alex Geijo and Fitz Hall are still out of contention for Watford ahead of their clash with Brighton and Hove Albion tonight, but there is good news about one of their other injured players.
Geijo and Hall took part in full training during the international break but last week Hall suffered a minor setback, with tightness in his hamstring following his previous lay-off with a calf problem.
Last Thursday Gianfranco Zola stated that Geijo was in contention to be involved on Saturday but the Swiss-born striker was left out and Watford's head coach yesterday confirmed he won't be involved again tonight.
Zola said: "Hall is better and tomorrow (Tuesday) he should be training. We will probably play a friendly game on Wednesday so he should be involved then.
"When we started, his form wasn't good and then he picked up an injury, a muscle problem in his calf.
"Now he just has a tightness, I believe, in his hamstring so we kept him out."
"Both Geoffrey Mujangi Bia and Alex Geijo picked up muscle problems but they should be back in training during the week," he added.
Another player who is definitely out is Prince Buaben. The midfielder played during pre-season but has not featured this season due to injury and fitness issues.
It was feared the Ghanaian could be out for a few months with a hamstring injury but he had a scan yesterday and now expects to be back in around four weeks.
Speaking before the results of Buaben's scan were known, Zola said: "Prince is having a scan today and we don't know the extent of his injury yet.
"His injury is near his hamstring but it is towards the end of the muscle, near his tendon."
Captain John Eustace will also miss the game with Brighton following back surgery two weeks ago but he should return to the training ground shortly.
"John should be back in a few days and beginning his rehabilitation work, so he shouldn't be out too long," Zola said.
There is good news for Stephen McGinn though as he is now fit enough to be considered for selection after 19 months out with a knee ligament injury.
Zola confirmed: "Stephen can be selected and he is doing very well."
Brighton are without three of their players, with Vicente ruled out due to a hamstring injury, Andrew Crofts has a thigh problem and former Hornet Will Hoskins is recovering from a foot injury.
They were boosted this week though by the news that Watford-born Craig Mackail-Smith should be fit to play; the striker has scored five goals in his last three games.
Albion are in good form after winning all three of those matches and scoring 11 goals and conceding just two in the process.
Gus Poyet's men beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 on Friday following 3-1 and 5-1 victories over Burnley and Barnsley prior to the international break.
There will be more from Zola and Poyet later today.
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