Watford's midfield has been dealt a blow ahead of this weekend's game against Manchester United, with Ozan Tufan expected to join Juraj Kucka on the list of unavailable players.

The Hornets put in an improved display against Arsenal before the international break, but will have to make changes in the centre of the park for the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men on Saturday.

Kucka will not be able to play due to a suspension after he was sent off in the closing stages of the defeat at the Emirates, while Tufan was sent home from international duty with Turkey after picking up a knee injury.


The Turkish international is not expected to have recovered by this weekend, although the problem is not thought to be enough to rule him out long term and he may even be able to return in time for the trip to Leicester City the following week, when Kucka will also be back.

Tufan has started four of Watford's last six matches, while teammate Kucka has only missed one league match so far this season due to injury.

In terms of replacements, the likes of Tom Cleverley, Dan Gosling and Imran Louza are all available, while Peter Etebo remains out with the quad tear he sustained earlier this season keeping him out for the foreseeable future.