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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has no new injury concerns but is without defender Daniel Pudil for Leeds clash

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has no new injury concerns but is without defender Daniel Pudil for Leeds clash

Pudil suspended for Leeds clash

Pudil suspended for Leeds clash

First published in Watford FC News

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola faces no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Leeds United but Daniel Pudil is suspended.

Fitz Hall looks set to miss out against with a hamstring injury, while Pudil is absent after picking up his fifth caution of the season in Tuesday's draw with Millwall. Geoffrey Mujangi Bia is available and Prince Bauben has also resumed training.

Speaking on Wednesday, Zola said: “With Fitz Hall we are examining him, we don’t have the results from today’s scan yet but it shouldn’t be too bad.

“Geoffrey Mujangi Bia is getting better and better and he’s available for selection but we’ll see.

“Prince Bauben is back, he started running again today so that is very encouraging but the others – John Eustace, Sergio Neuton and Nyron Nosworthy are not ready yet.”

The Hornets travel to Elland Road to complete a busy week in which they’ve taken four points from two home games against Leicester City and the Lions. The busy schedule is likely to result in changes to the team as Zola looks to utilise his large squad.

Opponents Leeds sit 15th in the Championship table, level on points with the Hornets, and will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat against Burnley, who are managed by former Watford boss Sean Dyche.

Zola is well aware of the challenge that faces his side and was respectful of Saturday’s opponents.

“I played against Leeds in the Premier League; they remain a big team and a big club with a lot of potential,” he said. “The club have the possibility to become great because they have a very good foundation.”

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