Watford are set to have Roberto Pereyra and Christian Kabasele available for the crucial home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Hornets have failed to win at Vicarage Road in the league since April and desperately need a positive result to close the gap on the teams above them.

Defender Kabasele and attacker Pereyra trained yesterday following injury lay-offs and are set to feature with the club searching for just a second victory of the season.

Interim head coach Hayden Mullins said: “We have two players that trained today in Christian Kabasele and Roberto Pereyra that weren’t in the squad. In terms of yesterday [at Leicester] everyone came through the game fine.

“I would imagine they will be available for Saturday. They came through fine today and weren’t restricted.”

Watford have struggled for goals this season, with the worst record in the division, scoring only nine in 15 matches. Pereyra’s return could provide some much-needed creativity for the Premier League’s bottom side.

Mullins said: “He’s a top player and we know the quality he possesses. We’ll see where everyone is and we’ll have a look from them, but having him back in the squad is a massive boost for everyone.”

The interim boss knows the importance of winning the fans’ backing and has called on his team to impose themselves on seventh-placed Palace.

Mullins said: “They’re a side in form but we’re hoping to be positive on the day. We’re going to try and start with a high tempo and we need to go into the game, taking the same mindset as on Wednesday and the same positivity into the home game and use it to get the fans going early.”