Watford are currently one of three teams to be most affected by injuries in the Premier League, following Craig Dawson's knock on Saturday against Burnley.

Dawson became the sixth player to be forced out with an injury in the last six consecutive Watford matches, making him the eighth person to be injured in the Hornets squad.

Only Bournemouth and Manchester United have as many injury problems, making life difficult in the build up to a crucial match against Southampton this weekend.

Whether or not Dawson will be fit in time for the trip to St Mary's this weekend remains to be seen, but his substitution noticeably affected the Hornets' defence against Burnley, as they went on to concede three goals in his absence.

Dawson joined Tom Cleverley, Roberto Pereyra, Domingos Quina, Sebastian Prodl, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Bachmann and Daryl Janmaat on the list of players who are currently unavailable for Saturday's basement battle. Any potential returns from that list of players will be revealed in the build up to the game later on in the week.

Meanwhile, captain Troy Deeney's involvement in the Burnley game showed that he is still in need of game time in order to get back to his best after undergoing knee surgery back in August and it is unlikely he will be able to play a full 90 minutes for a few weeks yet.

A suspension for Christian Kabasele meant that the Hornets were unable to add any centre backs to their bench over the weekend and had to rely on full back Adam Masina to fill in out of position.

Should Dawson be unavailable for the Southampton game, the bench will once again be devoid of natural central defenders with Craig Cathcart, Adrian Mariappa and Kabasele the only ones currently ready to fit into Quique Sanchez Flores' 5-3-2 formation.