Watford striker Stipe Perica is hoping to be available again early next month after returning to solo training.

Last week head coach Xisco Munoz said he had hoped the Croatian would be available again sooner, but an injury update released by the club ahead of tomorrow night's trip to Stoke City has revealed the forward's rehabilitation will take a little while longer yet.

The club also revealed that Isaac Success could be expected back in a similar time frame.

"Perica enjoyed a short solo session on the grass earlier this week, and is pushing for a return early next month," the update reads.

"A similar timescale applies to Success, whose work continues in the gym as he looks to work outside soon."

Also out for the visit to the Potteries are Ben Foster (finger), Domingos Quina (Hamstring), the long-term injured Tom Dele-Bashiru (ACL) and Christian Kabasele, who is still recovering from a knee injury picked up in the game against Coventry City as far back as November.

“I tried to save a goal on the line against Coventry in November,” said the Belgian during Tuesday evening's club broadcast of the 1-0 win over Barnsley.

"I want to heal properly now and I've been working hard, so that when I go back to the pitch I will not stop [again].”