Slavisa Jokanovic is wary of rushing Troy Deeney back into Watford's starting XI following a month out with a hamstring injury.

Deeney missed four matches after damaging his hamstring late in the match with Blackpool on September 16.

The Golden Boys' captain made his return as an 81st-minute substitute at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

But when asked if the striker was fit enough to start against Nottingham Forest tomorrow night, Jokanovic said: "We are still assessing him. Troy is close to being in the condition where he can help us; either from the beginning [of the match] or at some point in the game.

"We have so many games in front of us and we have to think about the best way to use him. You can never be 100 per cent sure [there isn’t a risk of injury] in football but you can have more insurance when making the decision [if the player is fully fit]."

One player who is fully fit, according to Jokanovic, is Ikechi Anya. The winger damaged his calf on international duty with Scotland and missed the trip to Hillsborough. However, he trained yesterday and today and Jokanovic confirmed he will be in the 18-man squad against Forest.

Craig Cathcart and Keith Andrews are both still out with calf injuries but are expected to return to full training on Wednesday.

Gabriele Angella has longer to wait though as he is expected to be sidelined for the rest of this month with an ankle problem. Fellow centre back Gabriel Tamas will miss most of the campaign after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Nottingham Forest are without a trio of first team players tomorrow night and former Watford loanee Henri Lansbury left manager Stuart Pearce frustrated by ruling himself out of the trip to Vicarage Road.

Lansbury picked up his fifth booking in seven matches on Saturday and Pearce told the Nottingham Post: "Henri has picked up a lot of bookings in a short space of time and it is something he has to improve on, cheap bookings. And it is another player down for us on Tuesday night.

"Henri has always had it in him to give cheap bookings away, even going back to my time working with him in the England Under-21 squad. It is something he has to mature a little bit, in his game, to eradicate."

Forest are without Andy Reid, Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs through injury and first-team coach Brian Eastick claims Pearce is still to decide on his starting XI.

Eastick told Forest's website: "I don’t think Stuart has made his mind up completely on what his starting line-up will be. He’s mulling over one or two things in his mind. As always, he’ll take the opposition into consideration; the way they play, what their strengths and weaknesses are.

"You can get carried away with systems. He may tinker a little bit with the formation in front of the back four, but it will depend on the personnel he has available to him and the reports we’ve had on Watford."

There will be more from Jokanovic on the Forest fixture uploaded tomorrow.