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Trio of new Watford signings to miss Wycombe Wanderers Capital One Cup tie
Gianfranco Zola has confirmed that he will be without a number of first team players for the Capital One Cup tie with Wycombe Wanderers.
Several first-team players have been absent for parts of pre-season as they struggle to regain match fitness and Zola said there are still doubts over a couple of the players.
Almen Abdi played in Watford's first three pre-season games but has missed the last two through injury.
Daniel Pudil is also a doubt as he was substituted after just five minutes on Sunday with what Zola described as cramp.
Zola says he will assess Pudil tomorrow and is hoping Abdi will also be fit.
"Abdi should be involved ifor Saturday’s game," Zola said.
"Fortunately Pudil's injury is not bad, but I'm not sure whether he is going to be able to play, we will see in our last session tomorrow."
However, Zola did confirm that he will be without three of his new signings for the weekend’s fixture.
He said: "Fitz Hall will be out of the game, and probably [Steve Leo] Beleck, he won’t be able to play as well.
Zola also confirmed new signing Alex Geijo is unlikely to play.
Hall, who has signed a one-year deal with the Hornets after his release from Queens Park Rangers, hasn’t featured at all during pre-season, as his battle for fitness continues.
Similarly, loan striker Leo Beleck has only featured once – in the friendly against Cork City.
Stephen McGinn is still attempting to prove his fitness to the new management team and Zola confirmed he is also set to miss the clash against Wycombe.