Watford midfielder Almen Abdi could be back training next week if improvement continues says Gianfranco Zola

Watford Observer: Almen Abdi. Picture: Holly Cant Almen Abdi. Picture: Holly Cant

The Hornets head coach has suggested Almen Abdi could return to training as early as next week after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the victory at Leeds United.

Watford confirmed the extent of the injury on Wednesday but said they were “confident” the midfielder would not be out for too long.

“It’s not as bad as we thought it would be, he had a scan, and we are certainly talking about days not weeks,” said Gianfranco Zola yesterday. “It also depends on a lot on him.

“He already feels a lot better so if he carries on improving like that, maybe next week he might be training, we’ll see. It depends a lot on his recovery.”

Abdi’s absence means the Hornets will be forced into at least one change for the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow, although Daniel Pudil is available after missing the trip to Elland Road through suspension.

The game is likely to come too soon for Fitz Hall, although he is back in training following his hamstring problem, while Neuton, John Eustace and Prince Buaben continue to make progress in their respective recoveries from injury.

Wolves are a point and three places below the Hornets in the Championship and have lost their last three away games.

But Zola is expecting “a tough game” and added: “[They are] a team last year that was playing in the Premier League and they haven’t changed much so I’m expecting a tough game from them, a lot of quality, so it will require the best performance from us to beat them.”

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3:30pm Fri 16 Nov 12

WatfordTalk says...

Great news!
Great news! WatfordTalk
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4:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

Yep great news! He has been our best player this season and if we can tie him, Vydra, Geijo, Forestieri, Pudil, Ekstrand and Neuton down to permenant deals in January then I will be a very happy man!
Yep great news! He has been our best player this season and if we can tie him, Vydra, Geijo, Forestieri, Pudil, Ekstrand and Neuton down to permenant deals in January then I will be a very happy man! DuffmanWFC
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5:47pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

Don't forget Anya.
Don't forget Anya. Travelling Hornet
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6:21pm Fri 16 Nov 12

aefevans says...

It's not even Christmas but I genuinely believe Abdi will win Player of the Season.
It's not even Christmas but I genuinely believe Abdi will win Player of the Season. aefevans
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6:55pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Travelling Hornet says...

aefevans wrote:
It's not even Christmas but I genuinely believe Abdi will win Player of the Season.
I can't think of a better midfielder in championship
[quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: It's not even Christmas but I genuinely believe Abdi will win Player of the Season.[/p][/quote]I can't think of a better midfielder in championship Travelling Hornet
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7:06pm Fri 16 Nov 12

DuffmanWFC says...

To be honest with Vydra, Abdi and Hoban we have proberbly the best performing striker, midfielder and defender in the Championship this season!
To be honest with Vydra, Abdi and Hoban we have proberbly the best performing striker, midfielder and defender in the Championship this season! DuffmanWFC
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7:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

WatfordTalk says...

DuffmanWFC wrote:
To be honest with Vydra, Abdi and Hoban we have proberbly the best performing striker, midfielder and defender in the Championship this season!
I love Matej but surely best performing striker in the league has to go to Austin so far?
[quote][p][bold]DuffmanWFC[/bold] wrote: To be honest with Vydra, Abdi and Hoban we have proberbly the best performing striker, midfielder and defender in the Championship this season![/p][/quote]I love Matej but surely best performing striker in the league has to go to Austin so far? WatfordTalk
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7:29pm Fri 16 Nov 12

stevyweavy says...

Amazing if he can get back that quickly
Amazing if he can get back that quickly stevyweavy
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9:57am Sat 17 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Good morning all, what a lovely windy day, imagine how this would have affected the football pre Zola. But now just looking forward to watching us playing classy football on the floor. 4-0 to Watford today.

Come on you golden Boyz.!!!
Good morning all, what a lovely windy day, imagine how this would have affected the football pre Zola. But now just looking forward to watching us playing classy football on the floor. 4-0 to Watford today. Come on you golden Boyz.!!! D.unstable
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