Watford will find out next week if Almen Abdi is likely to play again this season

Almen Abdi shortly before his latest injury set-back. Picture: Action Images

Almen Abdi shortly before his latest injury set-back. Picture: Action Images

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Watford claim it is still unclear whether Almen Abdi’s season has been ended due to his on-going foot problems and expect to find out next week.

The club’s current player of the year has had a torrid time this season due to an unusual foot condition which has resulted in him not starting a match since August.

Abdi has been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis, which leads to unexpected sharp pains in his foot, for most of this season but he made a return to action last month and featured in four matches from the bench before being withdrawn 14 minutes after his introduction at Nottingham Forest last Thursday.

Head of medical Marco Cesarini had continually stressed Abdi’s recovery wasn’t complete and that there was the risk of him still suffering pains in his foot.

And Cesarini was again cautious when discussing Abdi’s injury.

Initially Cesarini only stated: “He will be unavailable for the Leicester game.”

When asked if the injury was long-term, he replied: “We are still assessing him and we will say something next week.”

The Hornets will certainly be without Abdi, Lewis McGugan and Essaid Belkalem for the trip to league-leaders Leicester City tomorrow (Saturday).

And Cesarini confirmed there were a few unnamed players who had minor knocks, adding: “There are just a few things but we have to wait until tomorrow (Friday) to decide.”

Leicester suffered the ultimate heartbreak in injury-time of their the Play-Off semi-final second leg against Watford in May when Anthony Knockaert’s penalty was saved and then the Hornets went straight up the other end and scored through Troy Deeney.

The Foxes have bounced back from the disappointment superbly and currently lead the Championship by ten points and have won their last nine league games.

“It is not only this season; I was also impressed with them last season,” head coach Beppe Sannino said.

“Leicester have not only been consistent this season but also last season, when they reached the Play-Off semi-final.”

On the memorable final moments at Vicarage Road in May, Sannino added: “We follow the Championship from Italy and there was a lot of talk about that game.”

Watford secured just their third win in 19 matches in all competitions against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, after a demoralising 4-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest earlier last week.

Sannino said: “The Brighton victory has given the lads confidence and it was good to see them smiling in the training sessions.

“In our job, you should be able to approach the work in the same way each week but you can understand that after a victory, your job is easier.”

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7:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

hemelhorn87 says...

But....but....but but he's soooooooo goooood
But....but....but but he's soooooooo goooood hemelhorn87
  • Score: 4

8:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

UZZY says...

I fear for his footballing career.....hope not but it don't look good.

In the mean time l wish him all the luck in the world to make a full recovery.
I fear for his footballing career.....hope not but it don't look good. In the mean time l wish him all the luck in the world to make a full recovery. UZZY
  • Score: 6

9:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

watford1881 says...

The only thing that will help with this condition is rest and time.. I've had the same before.. Nothing medical can be done to quicken the process...
The only thing that will help with this condition is rest and time.. I've had the same before.. Nothing medical can be done to quicken the process... watford1881
  • Score: 12

10:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ramage1996 says...

UZZY wrote:
I fear for his footballing career.....hope not but it don't look good.

In the mean time l wish him all the luck in the world to make a full recovery.
True but he will get a very big insurance pay out if he has to retire, the insurance company will not only have to consider his potential future earnings but what contract he is currently on and his wage, he signed a long term deal with us.

For instance Dean Ashton when he retired got a very tidy sum (millions) when he had to retire from West Ham.
[quote][p][bold]UZZY[/bold] wrote: I fear for his footballing career.....hope not but it don't look good. In the mean time l wish him all the luck in the world to make a full recovery.[/p][/quote]True but he will get a very big insurance pay out if he has to retire, the insurance company will not only have to consider his potential future earnings but what contract he is currently on and his wage, he signed a long term deal with us. For instance Dean Ashton when he retired got a very tidy sum (millions) when he had to retire from West Ham. ramage1996
  • Score: -8

6:14am Fri 7 Feb 14

demerit says...

hemelhorn87 wrote:
But....but....but but he's soooooooo goooood
I wish people would stop these b****y Facebook type posts.
[quote][p][bold]hemelhorn87[/bold] wrote: But....but....but but he's soooooooo goooood[/p][/quote]I wish people would stop these b****y Facebook type posts. demerit
  • Score: 13

7:45am Fri 7 Feb 14

ashdownforestieri says...

I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him. ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 7

8:26am Fri 7 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

ashdownforestieri wrote:
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...
[quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.[/p][/quote]Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you... mellow yellow
  • Score: 6

10:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

I think we can write him off for this season, but hope and pray that he can recover in time for another good go next term

Now that we have Tozser, Merkel, and Diakite as well as McGugan, Murray and Battochio we have a decent bunch of midfield players which will lessen Abdi's absence somewhat!
I think we can write him off for this season, but hope and pray that he can recover in time for another good go next term Now that we have Tozser, Merkel, and Diakite as well as McGugan, Murray and Battochio we have a decent bunch of midfield players which will lessen Abdi's absence somewhat! bristol hornet
  • Score: 5

11:15am Fri 7 Feb 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Best Abdi forget about this season and get himself ready for next - we have plenty of midfield options and it will give those a chance to prove themselves. I don't think we are nearly good enough to go up this season so best to plan for 2014/15.
Best Abdi forget about this season and get himself ready for next - we have plenty of midfield options and it will give those a chance to prove themselves. I don't think we are nearly good enough to go up this season so best to plan for 2014/15. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Poppet Bear says...

ashdownforestieri wrote:
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
Same for me, really painful. Cured mine by rolling a cold beer can from the fridge under my foot. Worked a treat and enjoyed the beer after the exercise !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.[/p][/quote]Same for me, really painful. Cured mine by rolling a cold beer can from the fridge under my foot. Worked a treat and enjoyed the beer after the exercise !!!!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 3

5:22pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ashdownforestieri says...

mellow yellow wrote:
ashdownforestieri wrote:
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...
Just done it
Thanks
[quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.[/p][/quote]Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...[/p][/quote]Just done it Thanks ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ashdownforestieri says...

ashdownforestieri wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
ashdownforestieri wrote:
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...
Just done it
Thanks
Cesarini came straight back. It's something they have already tried but very decent email from a guy who clearly cares. Great PR by Watford FC. Impressed.
Hope Knockheart or however he spells his name has a long stud in for tomorrow as it's going to be windy and we all know how easily the little fecker falls over.
[quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.[/p][/quote]Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...[/p][/quote]Just done it Thanks[/p][/quote]Cesarini came straight back. It's something they have already tried but very decent email from a guy who clearly cares. Great PR by Watford FC. Impressed. Hope Knockheart or however he spells his name has a long stud in for tomorrow as it's going to be windy and we all know how easily the little fecker falls over. ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 4

6:30am Sat 8 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

ashdownforestieri wrote:
ashdownforestieri wrote:
mellow yellow wrote:
ashdownforestieri wrote:
I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.
Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...
Just done it
Thanks
Cesarini came straight back. It's something they have already tried but very decent email from a guy who clearly cares. Great PR by Watford FC. Impressed.
Hope Knockheart or however he spells his name has a long stud in for tomorrow as it's going to be windy and we all know how easily the little fecker falls over.
Good for you and well done him. And yes, you're right about knockhaert!
[quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mellow yellow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashdownforestieri[/bold] wrote: I was in despair with this condition. It really hurt and showed no sign of clearing itself. The advice is always to stay off the heel but has anyone ever tried doing that for any length of time. Then someone suggested rolling a cold golf ball from the fridge with the heel - I can still remember the pain but it worked and within 2 weeks it had gone completely. Maybe Cesarini might read this and give it a try - the joy if it worked. We have really missed him.[/p][/quote]Fella, forget hoping Cesarini reads the Wobby, write to the club with this. I doubt it is something they don't know, but as it worked for you...[/p][/quote]Just done it Thanks[/p][/quote]Cesarini came straight back. It's something they have already tried but very decent email from a guy who clearly cares. Great PR by Watford FC. Impressed. Hope Knockheart or however he spells his name has a long stud in for tomorrow as it's going to be windy and we all know how easily the little fecker falls over.[/p][/quote]Good for you and well done him. And yes, you're right about knockhaert! mellow yellow
  • Score: 2

9:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

MainStandShambles says...

Good news folks, I've just seen that Nigel Pearson has been named Manager of the Month for January and we all know what a curse THAT carries!!

My prediction earlier this week of 0-2 to the Hornets looks even better now.
Good news folks, I've just seen that Nigel Pearson has been named Manager of the Month for January and we all know what a curse THAT carries!! My prediction earlier this week of 0-2 to the Hornets looks even better now. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Nick El Greco says...

bristol hornet wrote:
I think we can write him off for this season, but hope and pray that he can recover in time for another good go next term

Now that we have Tozser, Merkel, and Diakite as well as McGugan, Murray and Battochio we have a decent bunch of midfield players which will lessen Abdi's absence somewhat!
Spot the odd one out in the above list. The clue is, Tozser's corners clear the first defender
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: I think we can write him off for this season, but hope and pray that he can recover in time for another good go next term Now that we have Tozser, Merkel, and Diakite as well as McGugan, Murray and Battochio we have a decent bunch of midfield players which will lessen Abdi's absence somewhat![/p][/quote]Spot the odd one out in the above list. The clue is, Tozser's corners clear the first defender Nick El Greco
  • Score: 0

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