Troy Deeney could be as little as two weeks away from returning to the Watford matchday squad according to head coach Quique Sanchez Flores.

The Hornets’ skipper has been absent from the side since undergoing surgery to repair a damaged knee in mid-August and has since been working on his fitness at the training ground to make sure he is match-fit and ready to play again soon.

Sanchez Flores said his side had no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game with Sheffield United this weekend and that Deeney could be back before the end of the month.

“I was talking with him today about different things,” said Sanchez Flores.

“He’s really positive with his feelings and I think in a few weeks he could be able to play.

“In two or three weeks it will be okay.”

The head coach said for now he is not worried about having to play without his number nine, but admitted he still was unsure of his best attacking combination.

“We have a few strikers and they have different qualities, different skills, different ways to play, so for us it’s important,” he said.

“We’ve had just a few weeks training with them, but we need to know how they mix with them.

“If we need the space, probably we want to run to the space, we want to put the fast ones. If we want to mix we can mix. We have Gray we can mix with a faster one, or also Deulofeu or other ones. We have a lot.

“Now what’s important is how confident they can be.”