Lloyd Doyley available for Watford's trip to Ipswich Town

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Defender Lloyd Doyley is available for Watford’s trip to Ipswich Town tomorrow after recovering from a hamstring injury but Almen Abdi is still out.

Doyley hasn’t played for the Hornets since November 9 but the 31-year-old has trained this week with the first-team squad and is ready for selection.

Abdi however is still out with a foot problem. The midfielder has not played a competitive match since August 31 and while he has been involved in training, the 27-year-old is not yet ready for competitive action.

Tommie Hoban (ankle), Essaid Belkalem (ankle) and Reece Brown (knee) all remain unavailable while Davide Faraoni (ankle) is expected to be out for a few weeks after he was replaced in Saturday’s defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.

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7:32am Fri 20 Dec 13

watford1881 says...

A win Vs. Ipswich Town is so very needed.. Our record at Portman Road is superb.. I really hope for the win.. The performance is almost as important in my view also.. COYH.....
A win Vs. Ipswich Town is so very needed.. Our record at Portman Road is superb.. I really hope for the win.. The performance is almost as important in my view also.. COYH..... watford1881

7:39am Fri 20 Dec 13

mellow yellow says...

It reads like a very sad kids story... The end of all team related stories feels like it has '... But Almen Abdi is still out'.... It really makes me depressed.
It reads like a very sad kids story... The end of all team related stories feels like it has '... But Almen Abdi is still out'.... It really makes me depressed. mellow yellow

8:00am Fri 20 Dec 13

Bigads123 says...

I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season
I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season Bigads123

8:53am Fri 20 Dec 13

ChrisG85 says...

Abdi's injury is complex. For any normal person it can take up to a year to clear up and then if not, it is surgery. I'm guessing as soon as Abdi feels he is ready to take part in training it flares up again taking us back to square one. All about patience unfortunately.
Abdi's injury is complex. For any normal person it can take up to a year to clear up and then if not, it is surgery. I'm guessing as soon as Abdi feels he is ready to take part in training it flares up again taking us back to square one. All about patience unfortunately. ChrisG85

10:59am Fri 20 Dec 13

Boosey says...

I must admit when Lloyd is on the ball, I just want him to get rid but with him out of the side, we have managed only 2 points out of the last 15.
Regardless of what anyone says, he is a good defender.
Good news, shame about Abdi.
I must admit when Lloyd is on the ball, I just want him to get rid but with him out of the side, we have managed only 2 points out of the last 15. Regardless of what anyone says, he is a good defender. Good news, shame about Abdi. Boosey

11:09am Fri 20 Dec 13

JohnnyHornet says...

ChrisG85 wrote:
Abdi's injury is complex. For any normal person it can take up to a year to clear up and then if not, it is surgery. I'm guessing as soon as Abdi feels he is ready to take part in training it flares up again taking us back to square one. All about patience unfortunately.
I've had it, it can be painful, seem OK then flare up, and I'm not active so it must be bad for Abdi, think we need to write him off for the season and hope it gets better, no point in aggravating it as it will take even longer to get rid of. But all the better if he gets back fit much sooner.
[quote][p][bold]ChrisG85[/bold] wrote: Abdi's injury is complex. For any normal person it can take up to a year to clear up and then if not, it is surgery. I'm guessing as soon as Abdi feels he is ready to take part in training it flares up again taking us back to square one. All about patience unfortunately.[/p][/quote]I've had it, it can be painful, seem OK then flare up, and I'm not active so it must be bad for Abdi, think we need to write him off for the season and hope it gets better, no point in aggravating it as it will take even longer to get rid of. But all the better if he gets back fit much sooner. JohnnyHornet

12:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Watforce says...

The loss of Abdi was a massive test for Zola's ability as a manager (even last season when we had Vydra, Chalobah, etc, Abdi not playing made a big difference).
If Abdi had not had the injury, I think Zola would still be the manager and Watford would be at least 10 points better off.
Sannino apparently has the tactical acumen to cope with limited resources, and I am hoping this will be the case for us. If he can construct a team that is hard to beat without Abdi, I can't wait to see what happens once Abdi returns!
What does doesn't kill you, makes you stronger - COYH
The loss of Abdi was a massive test for Zola's ability as a manager (even last season when we had Vydra, Chalobah, etc, Abdi not playing made a big difference). If Abdi had not had the injury, I think Zola would still be the manager and Watford would be at least 10 points better off. Sannino apparently has the tactical acumen to cope with limited resources, and I am hoping this will be the case for us. If he can construct a team that is hard to beat without Abdi, I can't wait to see what happens once Abdi returns! What does doesn't kill you, makes you stronger - COYH Watforce

12:44pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Bigads123 wrote:
I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season
me too. massive loss.
will he still be here next year or wish to move on if our promotion prospects no longer look so good ?
[quote][p][bold]Bigads123[/bold] wrote: I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season[/p][/quote]me too. massive loss. will he still be here next year or wish to move on if our promotion prospects no longer look so good ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin

2:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Bonser Out says...

Worrying news about Abdi.
I have suffered a similar problem this year, it is called Plantar fasciitis or Policemans Heel.
Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot. (quoted from NHS web)

I have had this for about 8 months and it is worse this time of year than in the summer. The doctor recommended to me not to have the steroid injections as it can lead to complications. I guess this is what has happened to Almen Abdi.
Worrying news about Abdi. I have suffered a similar problem this year, it is called Plantar fasciitis or Policemans Heel. Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot. (quoted from NHS web) I have had this for about 8 months and it is worse this time of year than in the summer. The doctor recommended to me not to have the steroid injections as it can lead to complications. I guess this is what has happened to Almen Abdi. Bonser Out

4:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

andyrankin says...

Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him.
1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place.
Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him. 1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place. andyrankin

4:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

demerit says...

Bigads123 wrote:
I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season
Yes, I think he's Abdi-cated.
[quote][p][bold]Bigads123[/bold] wrote: I have a nasty feeling we won't have Abdi back at all this season[/p][/quote]Yes, I think he's Abdi-cated. demerit

5:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

andyrankin wrote:
Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him.
1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place.
Unfortunately there are many who can take his place but THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD !! Just as there are many who can fill the voids left by Chalo and vydra this season.....
[quote][p][bold]andyrankin[/bold] wrote: Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him. 1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately there are many who can take his place but THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD !! Just as there are many who can fill the voids left by Chalo and vydra this season..... Mickey Quinn, not so thin

5:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bigmeuprudeboy says...

I love Doyley, I hope he proves himself again like he has done under every manager.

I thought when Rodgers managed him, he looked Prem quality.
I love Doyley, I hope he proves himself again like he has done under every manager. I thought when Rodgers managed him, he looked Prem quality. bigmeuprudeboy

10:25am Sat 21 Dec 13

andyrankin says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
andyrankin wrote:
Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him.
1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place.
Unfortunately there are many who can take his place but THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD !! Just as there are many who can fill the voids left by Chalo and vydra this season.....
That's your opinion. But mine is others can do the same job as him.
You mention Chalobah as a void we can't fill, I don't agree. He was a gifted player who was a great play maker but he did not do the other stuff an great footballer does.
Vydra is the only void that can't / hasn't been filled. And I'm only talking about the short time he was in form.
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andyrankin[/bold] wrote: Abdi is a great player, but let's not over react about how much we miss him. 1 player does not make a team and while he is our best player there are plenty of others in the squad that should be able to take his place.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately there are many who can take his place but THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD !! Just as there are many who can fill the voids left by Chalo and vydra this season.....[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. But mine is others can do the same job as him. You mention Chalobah as a void we can't fill, I don't agree. He was a gifted player who was a great play maker but he did not do the other stuff an great footballer does. Vydra is the only void that can't / hasn't been filled. And I'm only talking about the short time he was in form. andyrankin

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