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Watford's new signing Alex Geijo not fit to play against Crystal Palace this weekend
Gianfranco Zola will be without new signing Alex Geijo and possibly Sean Murray ahead of the Hornets’ Championship opener against Crystal Palace tomorrow.
Geijo joined the club last week so he is behind the majority of the group when it comes to match fitness and Zola admits this weekend will come too soon for the Spaniard.
“Alex is a few weeks away from being available for selection,” Zola said.
“He’s working on getting up to speed with the physios.”
Murray has recovered well from his calf injury but he remains a doubt for this weekend’s game at Selhurst Park.
Question marks also remain over Steve Leo Beleck, despite the striker returning to full training this week after struggling with a muscle imbalance.
Fitz Hall and Stephen McGinn are definitely ruled out. Hall picked up a knock in pre-season training and has yet to feature for the club while the new coaching staff are being extremely careful when it comes to McGinn, who has not played for 17 months following a knee ligament injury.
Zola has said Daniel Pudil is back in contention though after struggling with cramp against Tottenham Hotspur.
Watford’s head coach says the team are ready for this weekend’s game and he’s looking forward to getting the season under way.
“It is a good game to start with. It will be a difficult test for us but I’m very much looking forward to the game,” he said.
“This is the beginning of a long road for us, it will be our first test and I’m sure we’ll learn a lot.
“The team want to play their best and begin in the best possible way.”