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Gracia has praised Watford’s
medical team for ensuring he has a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s
trip to Manchester City.
The Hornets clinched a last-gasp 2-1 victory at home to
Leicester City last time out and Gracia’s men will be aiming to continue their
charge for a seventh-place finish when they travel to the Etihad Stadium.
However, Watford have lost the last nine meetings with City
in all competitions, conceding 29 goals, whilst their last victory over the Citizens
came back in April 1987.
Gracia does have every first-team player to choose from for
the trip to Manchester and he has praised the club’s medical department.
“Today is a good day for me as I can tell you all my players
are available for the next game,” he said at a press conference.
“It is good news for us because it speaks well about all the
people working around the team: the medical staff, all the workers in different
departments are helping us to stay in the best condition for the competitions.”
Manchester City have been handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s
encounter against Watford with centre-back Aymeric Laporte back training.
The Frenchman was forced to withdraw midway through City’s
Carabao Cup final victory over Chelsea after picking up a hamstring injury in
the first-half at Wembley.
Having made a return to first-team training, manager Pep
Guardiola will have to make a decision whether Laporte is ready for the arrival
of the Hornets at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
Meanwhile, midfielder Fernandinho is set to miss out on the
game as he continues to struggle with a muscle injury and is not expected back
in a City shirt until after the international break.