Sean Murray and Craig Cathcart set to miss Watford's season opener with Bolton Wanderers

Sean Murray has been ruled out of Saturday's match. Picture: Holly Cant

Sean Murray has been ruled out of Saturday's match. Picture: Holly Cant

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Watford will be without four players for their Championship opener with Bolton Wanderers due to injury while loanee Keith Andrews is ineligible as he can’t face his parent club.

Craig Cathcart will be absent due to a knee injury while Sean Murray will miss out with a dead leg.

Young striker Uche Ikpeazu is ten days away from rejoining the squad after an ankle operation while Bernard Mensah continues to recover from a knee injury he suffered in March whilst on loan at Braintree Town.

One player who could make his Hornets debut is Juan Carlos Paredes.

The Ecuador international hasn’t played in any of the Hornets’ pre-season matches but Golden Boys head coach Beppe Sannino confirmed today that the Ecuador international could feature against the Trotters.

He said: “Parades will be in the squad and on Saturday you will have to look if he is on the pitch. I know who will play though.”

Troy Deeney, who has been the subject of transfer bids throughout the summer, remains and will captain the Hornets.

Sannino said: “Troy is the fans’ striker. We have lots of other strikers but this team needs its captain, as a man and as a player.”

During pre-season Sannino has experimented with a 4-3-3 formation but returned to the tried and trusted 3-5-2 system against Udinese on Saturday.

The Italian was tight-lipped on how the Hornets would line up on Saturday and says fans will have to wait and see when the starting XI is announced.

Sannino believes the clash with Bolton is an “exam” for his side and will indicate whether his squad are ready for the long Championship season ahead.

He said: “I would like to be able to cheer with the fans against Bolton tomorrow but they are a very good, organised side.

“But I am quite happy because I look at my players and I know that they want to win for the supporters, for the club and for the group. But they also want to win for themselves.”

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6:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GarstonHorn says...

Dont think we've got the squad to cope
Dont think we've got the squad to cope GarstonHorn
  • Score: -43

7:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GarstonHorn says...

I'm being sarcastic
I'm being sarcastic GarstonHorn
  • Score: 31

7:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Roger "Studs" Joslyn says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
I'm being sarcastic
Kn*b!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: I'm being sarcastic[/p][/quote]Kn*b!!!!!! Roger "Studs" Joslyn
  • Score: -29

8:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

29April1975WasBottom says...

I'm optimistic. If we stay on the front foot and defend to the end we've got the players to win by two or three.
I'm optimistic. If we stay on the front foot and defend to the end we've got the players to win by two or three. 29April1975WasBottom
  • Score: 0

8:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

tonyevans22 says...

He said: “I would like to be able to cheer with the fans against Bolton tomorrow but they are a very good, organised side.


Kick off now Friday?
He said: “I would like to be able to cheer with the fans against Bolton tomorrow but they are a very good, organised side. Kick off now Friday? tonyevans22
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GarstonHorn says...

Roger "Studs" Joslyn wrote:
GarstonHorn wrote:
I'm being sarcastic
Kn*b!!!!!!
coming from a guy who uses the name Roger 'Studs' Joslyn. Muppet
[quote][p][bold]Roger "Studs" Joslyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: I'm being sarcastic[/p][/quote]Kn*b!!!!!![/p][/quote]coming from a guy who uses the name Roger 'Studs' Joslyn. Muppet GarstonHorn
  • Score: 8

8:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

endean2 says...

dear god, have the complete nutters taken over this particular item?
dear god, have the complete nutters taken over this particular item? endean2
  • Score: 8

10:55pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Poppet Bear says...

We have the squad to cope
We have the squad to cope Poppet Bear
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bornyellow says...

I think with the size of our squad a couple injuries wont make much difference...we have lots of options thanks to the Pozzo's....This League is so competitive that all sorts of results can happen...I think our squad can deal with it...just cant wait..
I think with the size of our squad a couple injuries wont make much difference...we have lots of options thanks to the Pozzo's....This League is so competitive that all sorts of results can happen...I think our squad can deal with it...just cant wait.. bornyellow
  • Score: 4

9:12am Fri 8 Aug 14

Harry's Bar says...

I don't think there will be too many surprises. He'll start with Anya and bring on Paredes later in the game. Almost certain to be 3-5-2

Gomes
Ekstrand Tamas Angella
Toszer
Anya Abdi McGugan Pudil
Deeney Vydra
I don't think there will be too many surprises. He'll start with Anya and bring on Paredes later in the game. Almost certain to be 3-5-2 Gomes Ekstrand Tamas Angella Toszer Anya Abdi McGugan Pudil Deeney Vydra Harry's Bar
  • Score: 4

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