Influential Watford midfielder Almen Abdi 'turning a corner' in his prolonged comeback from injury

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Almen Abdi appears to be "turning a corner" in his rehabilitation from an on-going foot problem, according to head coach Gianfranco Zola.

Abdi has not featured for Watford since August 31 and initial hopes he would return in mid-September and then late October were diminished with recurrences of the foot injury.

Watford's head of medical Marco Cesarini explained on October 31 that the club would not be able to set a deadline for the 27-year-old's return due to the nature of the problem.

But the player has been training with the rest of the squad since Thursday and although he had a minor problem yesterday, Zola is pleased with the Swiss international's progress.

Speaking at last night's fans' forum at Vicarage Road, Zola said: "Abdi has been training with the team regularly. He trained today, Friday and Thursday and everything seems to be going well. Today he had a little something but it is looking very good.

"Hopefully we are turning a corner which is great news considering the importance and the influence he has on the team.

"We will need to see tomorrow but it is looking good."

Abdi is suffering with Plantar Fasciitis, which has resulted in the inflammation of his plantar.

The plantar fascia is a tough and flexible band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot and connects the heel bone with the bones of the foot, acting as a kind of shock absorber to the foot.

The problem can occur through sudden damage or over months and years. It can cause tiny tears to develop inside the tissue of the plantar fascia and this can lead to it thickening, resulting in heel pain, and the surrounding tissue and heel bone can also sometimes become inflamed.

In October, Cesarini explained: "The normal population can deal with this sort of problem but for players their feet are obviously very important.

"So we are not in the position to give a time frame for a return because it is the kind of injury which does settle down in periods.

"This kind of injury is down to the response from the treatment we do. A treatment that can heal a player in two weeks may not do anything for another."

He continued: "We have to manage the situation. It is frustrating for the player and for us because everyone wants to have all the players on the pitch.

"That is what they are paid to do and they want to play, so that is why it can be frustrating.

"But we are also optimistic and very positive because Almen is very professional and having treatment every day.

"He is very committed and we also have to thank the medical department because they are doing a fantastic job."

There will be more from the fans' forum uploaded in the coming days.

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11:26am Tue 10 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Amen to that
Amen to that jasonwatford

11:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

Let's hope this "little something" isn't another recurrence of the same problem.
Let's hope this "little something" isn't another recurrence of the same problem. Harry's Bar

11:56am Tue 10 Dec 13

petsoundsnick says...

The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him.

Is that wrong?
The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong? petsoundsnick

12:08pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Will make such a difference to have him back. Good to hear the signs are promising but I guess this inflammation may recur quite easily. Getting Abdi back plus a second proper striker to play alongside Deeney and our fortunes will improve in the second half of the season. Still not given up all hope of getting Chalo and Vydra back in January !!
Will make such a difference to have him back. Good to hear the signs are promising but I guess this inflammation may recur quite easily. Getting Abdi back plus a second proper striker to play alongside Deeney and our fortunes will improve in the second half of the season. Still not given up all hope of getting Chalo and Vydra back in January !! Mickey Quinn, not so thin

12:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

AngelHornet says...

He is getting closer, but there is no point risking him until everything is right and there are no niggles/minor problems.
Personally I see him back in January...not before!
He is getting closer, but there is no point risking him until everything is right and there are no niggles/minor problems. Personally I see him back in January...not before! AngelHornet

12:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hornet Cornet says...

petsoundsnick wrote:
The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?
It's a bit different.
[quote][p][bold]petsoundsnick[/bold] wrote: The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?[/p][/quote]It's a bit different. Hornet Cornet

12:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ashdownforestieri says...

I get plantar faciitis and it hurts like hell.....it's self - healing..there is a medical expression for that but I can't remember what it is. It can come back just when you think you are over it.
We have missed him but no worries lads as I have discovered the cause of our recent problems is my recent subscription to Hornets Player. Every time I put the commentary on we ship a goal. It's uncanny. I got so fed up that Saturday when we inevitably went 3-2 down at Leeds I emailed an old friend from Ricky Grammar and told him not to worry as I was switching off.
Put Sky Sports on knowing it was going to be a draw or a win.
I get plantar faciitis and it hurts like hell.....it's self - healing..there is a medical expression for that but I can't remember what it is. It can come back just when you think you are over it. We have missed him but no worries lads as I have discovered the cause of our recent problems is my recent subscription to Hornets Player. Every time I put the commentary on we ship a goal. It's uncanny. I got so fed up that Saturday when we inevitably went 3-2 down at Leeds I emailed an old friend from Ricky Grammar and told him not to worry as I was switching off. Put Sky Sports on knowing it was going to be a draw or a win. ashdownforestieri

1:27pm Tue 10 Dec 13

demerit says...

petsoundsnick wrote:
The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him.

Is that wrong?
Yes
[quote][p][bold]petsoundsnick[/bold] wrote: The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?[/p][/quote]Yes demerit

1:27pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Chris the Vic says...

Well at last they have discovered the problem and are not prepared to make predictions. I know Almen was hoping to play before Christmas, and hopefully he will be on the bench by then at the very least.
Well at last they have discovered the problem and are not prepared to make predictions. I know Almen was hoping to play before Christmas, and hopefully he will be on the bench by then at the very least. Chris the Vic

1:54pm Tue 10 Dec 13

a1derek says...

Don't want to put a dampner on this, but my Mrs has been suffering from Plantar Facitis for nearly a year now. And yes whoever said it is painful, she will confirm that!
Don't want to put a dampner on this, but my Mrs has been suffering from Plantar Facitis for nearly a year now. And yes whoever said it is painful, she will confirm that! a1derek

2:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Harry's Bar says...

Hornet Cornet wrote:
petsoundsnick wrote:
The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?
It's a bit different.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder.
[quote][p][bold]Hornet Cornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]petsoundsnick[/bold] wrote: The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?[/p][/quote]It's a bit different.[/p][/quote]They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Harry's Bar

2:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

not a regular says...

Zola should have quit without saving the game when Abdi first got injured.
Zola should have quit without saving the game when Abdi first got injured. not a regular

3:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

BlakeyJ says...

jasonwatford wrote:
Amen to that
Almen to that.
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: Amen to that[/p][/quote]Almen to that. BlakeyJ

4:12pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Boosey says...

petsoundsnick wrote:
The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?
Not if your surname is Daley!
[quote][p][bold]petsoundsnick[/bold] wrote: The longer Abdi doesn't play the more I fall in love with him. Is that wrong?[/p][/quote]Not if your surname is Daley! Boosey

4:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ralear49 says...

a1derek wrote:
Don't want to put a dampner on this, but my Mrs has been suffering from Plantar Facitis for nearly a year now. And yes whoever said it is painful, she will confirm that!
what position does she play?
[quote][p][bold]a1derek[/bold] wrote: Don't want to put a dampner on this, but my Mrs has been suffering from Plantar Facitis for nearly a year now. And yes whoever said it is painful, she will confirm that![/p][/quote]what position does she play? ralear49

7:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

GoldenManc says...

not a regular wrote:
Zola should have quit without saving the game when Abdi first got injured.
Yes - but then you end up reloading after every game & it spoils it for me. I would have saved it just before the play off final & given that another go & signed Cherno Samba & Taribo West on a free transfer
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: Zola should have quit without saving the game when Abdi first got injured.[/p][/quote]Yes - but then you end up reloading after every game & it spoils it for me. I would have saved it just before the play off final & given that another go & signed Cherno Samba & Taribo West on a free transfer GoldenManc

8:48am Wed 11 Dec 13

Surbiton says...

With Almen Abdi about to return to the fold it would be a suitable time for him to be made capatain, Not only is he multi lingual (as other posters have pointed out) but being situated in midfield he is in an ideal position to communicate with all members of the team. He sets an example to other players both on and off the field and is a natural Ambassador for the club. We voted him player of the year last season. Why not push for him to become captain?
With Almen Abdi about to return to the fold it would be a suitable time for him to be made capatain, Not only is he multi lingual (as other posters have pointed out) but being situated in midfield he is in an ideal position to communicate with all members of the team. He sets an example to other players both on and off the field and is a natural Ambassador for the club. We voted him player of the year last season. Why not push for him to become captain? Surbiton

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