Watford's Joel Ekstrand forced off against Birmingham City with knee problem but Ikechi Anya injury not serious

This Is Local London: Ekstrand limped off just 18 minutes into last night's match. Picture: Holly Cant Ekstrand limped off just 18 minutes into last night's match. Picture: Holly Cant

Joel Ekstrand's early exit from Watford's 1-0 win over Birmingham City last night was due to a knee injury but there was better news regarding Ikechi Anya, whose calf strain is not considered serious.

Ekstrand limped off just 18 minutes into the match at Vicarage Road and after being led down the tunnel by Hornets medical staff, he was replaced by Lloyd Doyley

After the game last night, Watford head of medical Marco Cesarini said: "Joel had a little problem with his knee and we will assess him tomorrow."

Anya meanwhile was left out of the squad completely due to a calf strain but Cesarini insisted it was not a recurrence of the injury that sidelined the winger for almost three weeks at the end of November.

Head coach Beppe Sannino was optimistic Anya would be available for Saturday's fixture against Middlesbrough but added he was pleased with the performances of Daniel Pudil and Davide Faraoni.

Cesarini said: "No [it is not a recurrence]. It was a little, little injury – it was more of a precaution than anything more serious."

Sannino added: "I hope he will ready play on Saturday but I was also happy with how Pudil and Faraoni played tonight."

Fitz Hall was also left out of the squad as a precaution. The defender has an Achilles tendon injury.

 

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12:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Abbotshorn says...

Hoping its not serious, glad we extended "one size" till end of season
Hoping its not serious, glad we extended "one size" till end of season Abbotshorn

12:16pm Wed 12 Feb 14

croxley46 says...

Don't think Ekstrand's as good this season, too many misplaced passes (although that could be said of others too!) and his marking and positioning has left a lot to be desired as well - quite a few goals against have resulted from this.
My ideal back 3 - Angella, Hall and Hoban.
Don't think Ekstrand's as good this season, too many misplaced passes (although that could be said of others too!) and his marking and positioning has left a lot to be desired as well - quite a few goals against have resulted from this. My ideal back 3 - Angella, Hall and Hoban. croxley46

12:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bigthunder says...

maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out

players unavailable last night
Abdi
mcgugan
anya
hall
brown
belkalium
diakite
sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available

just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were ,
maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out players unavailable last night Abdi mcgugan anya hall brown belkalium diakite sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were , bigthunder

12:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

bigthunder wrote:
maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out

players unavailable last night
Abdi
mcgugan
anya
hall
brown
belkalium
diakite
sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available

just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were ,
Maybe it's a measure of the faith that the management have in the squad, that they are ok resting players with minor knocks, rather than risking aggravating injuries. Certainly it shows where we are now compared to 2 or 3 seasons back!
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out players unavailable last night Abdi mcgugan anya hall brown belkalium diakite sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were ,[/p][/quote]Maybe it's a measure of the faith that the management have in the squad, that they are ok resting players with minor knocks, rather than risking aggravating injuries. Certainly it shows where we are now compared to 2 or 3 seasons back! The Not-so-enlightened one

1:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Chris the Vic says...

I assume Hall was unavailaible.

Ekstrand failed with virtually every pass to find a fellow WFC player and his replacement Lloyd was excellent.

I struggled throughout the game to find many positives apart from Lloyd, Almunia and Angella apart. Merkel and Bott were not good but luckily the Blues were worse and the Ref....suffice to say was the worst I have seen grace the Vic for many a year. He was farcical.

I will be surprised if Soccer AM do not pick up on Troy's Air shot or was it an outrageous dummy. (Taxi for Deeney!)
I assume Hall was unavailaible. Ekstrand failed with virtually every pass to find a fellow WFC player and his replacement Lloyd was excellent. I struggled throughout the game to find many positives apart from Lloyd, Almunia and Angella apart. Merkel and Bott were not good but luckily the Blues were worse and the Ref....suffice to say was the worst I have seen grace the Vic for many a year. He was farcical. I will be surprised if Soccer AM do not pick up on Troy's Air shot or was it an outrageous dummy. (Taxi for Deeney!) Chris the Vic

2:31pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Drewoneone says...

Beppe said a few weeks back that he will not play anyone who is not 100% fit.
Beppe said a few weeks back that he will not play anyone who is not 100% fit. Drewoneone

3:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bristol hornet says...

bigthunder wrote:
maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out

players unavailable last night
Abdi
mcgugan
anya
hall
brown
belkalium
diakite
sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available

just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were ,
Yes, take a look at teams like Leicester, Burnley, Derby, and Reading who field a settled, virtually unchanged side in most games......and all managed by English managers with mostly British players in their teams.

Beppe is becoming another tinkerman, just like Zola! It might work in Italy, but not in the rough and tumble of the rugged Championship!

Any more "muscle imbalances" for Saturday yet?
[quote][p][bold]bigthunder[/bold] wrote: maybe being unfair here but am i the only one who has concerns just how many players with the very slightest of knocks are unable to play full stop , for instance last night two key players left out as a precaution , yes understand do not want long term injuries but leaving players out due to precautions when we only have so many games anyway so what precautions are we worrying about missing games ! makes me think our medical team are very very cautious , we seem to have far too many players unavailable to the manager week in week out players unavailable last night Abdi mcgugan anya hall brown belkalium diakite sure i have missed a few , nice squad if available just a bit concerned with our medical team , messrs Robinson for instance would run through broken glass not to miss a game just saying perhaps players are not as tough as once were ,[/p][/quote]Yes, take a look at teams like Leicester, Burnley, Derby, and Reading who field a settled, virtually unchanged side in most games......and all managed by English managers with mostly British players in their teams. Beppe is becoming another tinkerman, just like Zola! It might work in Italy, but not in the rough and tumble of the rugged Championship! Any more "muscle imbalances" for Saturday yet? bristol hornet

3:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Man from Pinner says...

croxley46 wrote:
Don't think Ekstrand's as good this season, too many misplaced passes (although that could be said of others too!) and his marking and positioning has left a lot to be desired as well - quite a few goals against have resulted from this.
My ideal back 3 - Angella, Hall and Hoban.
Difficult to argue with this when Hoban fully match fit but what a back up LD is.
[quote][p][bold]croxley46[/bold] wrote: Don't think Ekstrand's as good this season, too many misplaced passes (although that could be said of others too!) and his marking and positioning has left a lot to be desired as well - quite a few goals against have resulted from this. My ideal back 3 - Angella, Hall and Hoban.[/p][/quote]Difficult to argue with this when Hoban fully match fit but what a back up LD is. Man from Pinner

3:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Loyal Supporter says...

Chris the Vic wrote:
I assume Hall was unavailaible.

Ekstrand failed with virtually every pass to find a fellow WFC player and his replacement Lloyd was excellent.

I struggled throughout the game to find many positives apart from Lloyd, Almunia and Angella apart. Merkel and Bott were not good but luckily the Blues were worse and the Ref....suffice to say was the worst I have seen grace the Vic for many a year. He was farcical.

I will be surprised if Soccer AM do not pick up on Troy's Air shot or was it an outrageous dummy. (Taxi for Deeney!)
Thought it was a very professional display against an improving Birmingham team. Sometimes you just have to grind out the win. In terms of positives, what a player Daniel Toszer is - he works hard up and down the pitch, has real quality and looks so assured sitting in front of the back 3. Fessi had his moments and Troy is improving again. Beppe is doing just fine and not tinkering that much to be fair.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the Vic[/bold] wrote: I assume Hall was unavailaible. Ekstrand failed with virtually every pass to find a fellow WFC player and his replacement Lloyd was excellent. I struggled throughout the game to find many positives apart from Lloyd, Almunia and Angella apart. Merkel and Bott were not good but luckily the Blues were worse and the Ref....suffice to say was the worst I have seen grace the Vic for many a year. He was farcical. I will be surprised if Soccer AM do not pick up on Troy's Air shot or was it an outrageous dummy. (Taxi for Deeney!)[/p][/quote]Thought it was a very professional display against an improving Birmingham team. Sometimes you just have to grind out the win. In terms of positives, what a player Daniel Toszer is - he works hard up and down the pitch, has real quality and looks so assured sitting in front of the back 3. Fessi had his moments and Troy is improving again. Beppe is doing just fine and not tinkering that much to be fair. Loyal Supporter

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