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Watford to make a statement on striker Troy Deeney's future today
Watford will release a statement today regarding Troy Deeney’s future, following his release from prison this week, and early indications are the striker will remain at the club.
Deeney was sentenced to ten months in prison for affray on June 25 but on Monday he was set free after two-and-a-half months.
The 24-year-old had a meeting with the club this week and trained with the squad on Wednesday and Thursday.
However, Watford’s top scorer last season will not be considered for selection against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
The Hornets refused to comment on the matter yesterday and asked Zola to do the same during the pre-match press conference, due to the pending statement.
It became clear several weeks ago that Deeney was likely to remain at Watford following his sentence, which was handed out after a violent brawl outside a Birmingham nightclub in February.
Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury stated he wanted “all the facts” before making a decision when he spoke to the Watford Observer in July.
At the time, Duxbury also indicated the club wanted an apology from Deeney, and signs of remorse, and that subsequently happened.
In a statement issued on August 29, Deeney said: “I made a terrible mistake and I’m now serving my sentence for this.
“I have apologised to the victim involved and I would also like to place on record my apology to the fans and players of Watford Football Club for letting them down with my indiscretion.
“If the club decide to retain my services then I will give my all this season to help them achieve the goals set by the new management team.”
Two days later, Watford subsequently issued a statement suggesting that Deeney would be retained.
The August 31 statement read: “Given the remorse demonstrated by Deeney, both in court and through his public apology, Watford FC is hopeful of reaching a resolution that allows the club to support the player through his rehabilitation while he continues his playing career with the Hornets.”
The club’s statement will be on the Watford Observer website, www.watfordobserver.co.uk, following its release.