Matej Vydra plays less than an hour for Czech Republic handing Watford a boost ahead of Crystal Palace clash
11:01am Thursday 7th February 2013 in Latest Sport
Matej Vydra's chances of playing for Watford against Crystal Palace tomorrow were handed a boost as the Hornets' hitman played less than an hour for the Czech Republic last night.
The Hornets' match with Crystal Palace was moved forward a day due to the game being televised on Sky Sports, but this leaves the club's international players with less time to recover.
However, Watford will welcome the fact Vydra was replaced after 56 minutes as the Czechs beat Turkey 2-0.
Watford team-mate Daniel Pudil did not join the Czech squad for the fixture as initially reported; he was on the standby list.
An injury update for the Hornets will be uploaded later this evening after we have spoken to Gianfranco Zola but this week's events suggest Tommie Hoban could also be available following injury.
The 19-year-old was allowed to return from international duty early by the Football Association of Ireland at the request of Watford.
Hoban has not been in action for Watford since New Year's Day due to injury but played on Tuesday night in the Republic of Ireland Under-19s' 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
Hornets midfielder Sean Murray was one of just two Republic of Ireland Under-21 players to play the whole game as Noel King's men pulled off an impressive 3-0 victory against the Netherlands.
Millwall's Aiden O'Brien scored twice and Wolves midfielder Anthony Forde was also on target.
Watford defender Nyron Nosworthy also played 90 minutes as Jamaica were held to a 0-0 draw with Mexico in the early hours of this morning.
It is currently unclear what time Nosworthy will return home to England, which suggests Lloyd Doyley may retain his spot in the side.
Two of the Hornets' midfield three from Saturday were also on international duty this week.
Cristian Battocchio played 45 minutes before being substituted at half time in Italy Under-20s' 2-0 defeat to Germany last night.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah picked up his second England Under-21 cap as England beat Sweden 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Chalobah replaced Chelsea team-mate Josh McEachran after 67 minutes.