Cape Town - Watford boss Quique Flores has revealed that
striker Danny Welbeck will be sidelined for at least a couple of months with a
The former Arsenal and Manchester United forward managed
just four minutes of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham before needing to
Initial reports suggested the England international had
suffered an ankle injury, but further tests have shown he picked up a hamstring
The news on the 28-year-old only deepens Flores’ problems
with his club still rooted to the foot of the Premier League, winless after
their first nine matches.
Confirming the bad news on the summer signing, the Spanish
tactician said: “We need to check a little bit more what happened [to him] in
the next couple of weeks. It is a hamstring injury.
“I have no idea how long he will be out but it’s for a long
time. It will be months rather than weeks.”
The injury is the latest setback in Welbeck’s career, the
frontman having been plagued by fitness concerns, including last season when he
suffered a broken ankle in November playing for Arsenal which ruled him for the
remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.
The Manchester-born forward was brought in to bolster
Watford’s attack but hasn’t had the desired effect thus far, scoring once in
However, the good news for the Hertfordshire outfit is that
skipper Troy Deeney is closing in on a return to action following knee surgery
The 31-year-old is currently training alone, and it is hoped
he could rejoin the rest of the first-team squad at the end of the month.
Deeney is the latest player to escape the Watford treatment
room with Etienne Capoue, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl having returned to
training this week ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bournemouth.
- TeamTalk Media