Watford still to make final assessment on Almen Abdi's injury but are doing their best to see if the midfielder will return this season

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Watford are yet to make a final assessment on Almen Abdi’s foot injury but head of medical Marco Cesarini says the club are doing their best to see if the midfielder can return before the end of the season.

The Swiss international has made just ten appearances for the Hornets during the current campaign and has not featured since the end of January.

Cesarini says the club must make sure the final assessment on Abdi’s injury is the right one but insisted the problem was not career threatening.

“It is frustrating for him, the coaches and the supporters,” he said. “It is a situation we have to deal with every day and it is very frustrating.

“We have to accept the situation and at the moment we are assessing him and are doing our best to try to have him back on the pitch this season. If not then we will say something as soon as we have made the decision.”

Abdi will certainly be absent as the Hornets travel to Bolton Wanderers in the Championship on Saturday.

Lewis McGugan’s thigh injury will also keep him out, although he is expected to return to training on Monday.

Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) and Fitz Hall (Achilles) are out injured but Lloyd Doyley returned to training today and could be in contention for a place in the squad.

Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino said Chu-Young Park could come into the Watford side.

When asked he if would make changes to the team which drew at Yeovil Town on Tuesday, Sannino said: “Of course, I am nearly obliged to change my men [because of the busy schedule].”

Bolton have not won in their last nine league matches and sit 18th in the Championship table.

They are six points above the relegation zone but Sannino will not be taking anything for granted at the Reebok Stadium.

“We have to approach the Bolton game with the right mentality because nobody gives you anything. You have to earn it through hard work,” he said.

“My team will not change their mentality. My team always play to earn three points but what can change is the mentality of the other team.

“Some teams are battling against relegation and other teams are challenging for promotion. So in my opinion all of the matches are difficult in this league.”

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6:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Xavier Gravelaine says...

We have sorely missed Almen this season. Our midfield, and indeed entire team, simply isn't the same without him.

However I'm struggling to see the potential benefits in him involved in a handful of matches at the tail-end of the season and risking further aggravation, when he could use the whole summer to continue his rehabilitation and ease himself back in for pre-season.

Ether way, I just really hope we see a fully-fit Almen in a Watford shirt again.
We have sorely missed Almen this season. Our midfield, and indeed entire team, simply isn't the same without him. However I'm struggling to see the potential benefits in him involved in a handful of matches at the tail-end of the season and risking further aggravation, when he could use the whole summer to continue his rehabilitation and ease himself back in for pre-season. Ether way, I just really hope we see a fully-fit Almen in a Watford shirt again. Xavier Gravelaine

6:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ashdownforestieri says...

I feel very sorry for Abdi. If you have never had this think what it would feel like taking your shoes and socks off and standing on that leg, on your heel, on a sharp hot rock. Then imagine that pain all the time. I emailed Cesarini with a cure that worked for me and he came back immediately and said they had tried it. One of the associated problems is the depression that comes with it which must be much worse for a dedicated professional athlete like Abdi.
I doubt whether he will play this season and as we all know he was a key player last year.
Oh well onward and upward.
I feel very sorry for Abdi. If you have never had this think what it would feel like taking your shoes and socks off and standing on that leg, on your heel, on a sharp hot rock. Then imagine that pain all the time. I emailed Cesarini with a cure that worked for me and he came back immediately and said they had tried it. One of the associated problems is the depression that comes with it which must be much worse for a dedicated professional athlete like Abdi. I doubt whether he will play this season and as we all know he was a key player last year. Oh well onward and upward. ashdownforestieri

6:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Sealegs says...

Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him. Sealegs

6:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Sealegs says...

Unfortunately, time is passing him by and the team is developing and by the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
Unfortunately, time is passing him by and the team is developing and by the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him. Sealegs

6:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mellow yellow says...

Sealegs wrote:
Unfortunately, time is passing him by and the team is developing and by the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
You really think that? A fit AA Would waltz back into our team and I for one hope it happens as soon as is practical, though agree with others that we might as we'll write this season off and give him proper rest.
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, time is passing him by and the team is developing and by the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.[/p][/quote]You really think that? A fit AA Would waltz back into our team and I for one hope it happens as soon as is practical, though agree with others that we might as we'll write this season off and give him proper rest. mellow yellow

6:49pm Thu 20 Feb 14

only5foot3 says...

Sealegs wrote:
Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
Cannot imagine that, if hes the same player as before.
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.[/p][/quote]Cannot imagine that, if hes the same player as before. only5foot3

7:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Hornankey says...

Wrap him up and get him fully fit for next season. There is no point risking anything on a season which is rapidly passing us by.
Wrap him up and get him fully fit for next season. There is no point risking anything on a season which is rapidly passing us by. Hornankey

7:06pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Sealegs wrote:
Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
So if we are playing crap , he won't get into the team? Interesting. ...
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.[/p][/quote]So if we are playing crap , he won't get into the team? Interesting. ... Hornet Cornet

7:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

BigBadVirgil says...

Sealegs wrote:
Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
AA is still by far best midfielder we have. Probably one of the best in the league. When he is fit, he will slot straight. Dont you worry.
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.[/p][/quote]AA is still by far best midfielder we have. Probably one of the best in the league. When he is fit, he will slot straight. Dont you worry. BigBadVirgil

7:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

BlakeyJ says...

Our season is as good as over, sadly so is abdi's
Let focus on him being 100% for next season rather than try to squeeze him back in at 75%.
Playoffs is 8 points away and that's a talk task even with Almen commanding midfield...
Get him fit for next season.
Our season is as good as over, sadly so is abdi's Let focus on him being 100% for next season rather than try to squeeze him back in at 75%. Playoffs is 8 points away and that's a talk task even with Almen commanding midfield... Get him fit for next season. BlakeyJ

8:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

barnsey11 says...

This season's over. Give him the time off football and rest his injury clearly needs and hopefully we can look forward to having him back for the new season.
This season's over. Give him the time off football and rest his injury clearly needs and hopefully we can look forward to having him back for the new season. barnsey11

9:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

D.unstable says...

barnsey11 wrote:
This season's over. Give him the time off football and rest his injury clearly needs and hopefully we can look forward to having him back for the new season.
Absolutely, we will pull together enough points not to be involved in a relegation scrap, whereas after Tuesdays result has put paid to any hopes of finding some miracle form to put in a late challenge...so season over, get rid of the likes of Diakite and Park, unless the later is seen as a possible summer signing and start to try and sort the basics ready for next season.

Would not be at all surprised if Sannino is not here next season and was seen as a stop gap.

All in all a wasted season.
[quote][p][bold]barnsey11[/bold] wrote: This season's over. Give him the time off football and rest his injury clearly needs and hopefully we can look forward to having him back for the new season.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, we will pull together enough points not to be involved in a relegation scrap, whereas after Tuesdays result has put paid to any hopes of finding some miracle form to put in a late challenge...so season over, get rid of the likes of Diakite and Park, unless the later is seen as a possible summer signing and start to try and sort the basics ready for next season. Would not be at all surprised if Sannino is not here next season and was seen as a stop gap. All in all a wasted season. D.unstable

10:27pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Sahorn says...

"My team always play to earn three points......."

Could have fooled me at Yeovil...

Very well disguised tactics cos it looked like we were playing for a no score draw point against the bottom club who have shipped nearly 50 goals this season - certainly don't remember one shot in second half playing towards over 1100 Watford fans who made the long journey.....

Opportunity missed and can't understand why Park was warming up for 45 minutes and only 2 subs used when the team were "tired"....
"My team always play to earn three points......." Could have fooled me at Yeovil... Very well disguised tactics cos it looked like we were playing for a no score draw point against the bottom club who have shipped nearly 50 goals this season - certainly don't remember one shot in second half playing towards over 1100 Watford fans who made the long journey..... Opportunity missed and can't understand why Park was warming up for 45 minutes and only 2 subs used when the team were "tired".... Sahorn

10:35pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Sahorn says...

And get well soon AA, we've missed you and hope to see you fully fit ready for next season.... (forget this season, don't aggrevate the injury)...
And get well soon AA, we've missed you and hope to see you fully fit ready for next season.... (forget this season, don't aggrevate the injury)... Sahorn

7:30am Fri 21 Feb 14

allgood says...

Sealegs wrote:
Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.
Have you seen how the team is 'developing' this season?
[quote][p][bold]Sealegs[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, as good as he is, time is passing him by and the team is developing without him. By the time he's ready, there won't be a slot for him.[/p][/quote]Have you seen how the team is 'developing' this season? allgood

7:55am Fri 21 Feb 14

endean2 says...

certainly save him to next season, as this one is alas, finite
I do hope that the Pozzo family will actually learn from this season and
adopt a somewhat different approach to 2014/ 2015 season.
Look at the formulae for the successful teams in this league and try to
replicate it."Droping" in short term loans figures who are at best unfit,
lack basic skills and motivation and formulate a proper playing style
would be a good start.

Unfortunately I can only hark back to THAT last game and listen to the
excuses that were put forward for our performance.
Have we moved forward as a team................
....NO
Have we we moved forward as a club...............p
robably yes
anyway 3 points Saturday would be nice, short termism comment.
certainly save him to next season, as this one is alas, finite I do hope that the Pozzo family will actually learn from this season and adopt a somewhat different approach to 2014/ 2015 season. Look at the formulae for the successful teams in this league and try to replicate it."Droping" in short term loans figures who are at best unfit, lack basic skills and motivation and formulate a proper playing style would be a good start. Unfortunately I can only hark back to THAT last game and listen to the excuses that were put forward for our performance. Have we moved forward as a team................ ....NO Have we we moved forward as a club...............p robably yes anyway 3 points Saturday would be nice, short termism comment. endean2

9:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

Harry's Bar says...

endean2 wrote:
certainly save him to next season, as this one is alas, finite
I do hope that the Pozzo family will actually learn from this season and
adopt a somewhat different approach to 2014/ 2015 season.
Look at the formulae for the successful teams in this league and try to
replicate it."Droping" in short term loans figures who are at best unfit,
lack basic skills and motivation and formulate a proper playing style
would be a good start.

Unfortunately I can only hark back to THAT last game and listen to the
excuses that were put forward for our performance.
Have we moved forward as a team................

....NO
Have we we moved forward as a club...............p

robably yes
anyway 3 points Saturday would be nice, short termism comment.
I think to learn from this season you need to look further back than the short term loan signings. It was mainly the players that Nani brought in last Summer that led to the loan shambles. The Pozzo's have got a lot of thinking to do between now and the summer about management at the club., and not just the Head Coach position.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: certainly save him to next season, as this one is alas, finite I do hope that the Pozzo family will actually learn from this season and adopt a somewhat different approach to 2014/ 2015 season. Look at the formulae for the successful teams in this league and try to replicate it."Droping" in short term loans figures who are at best unfit, lack basic skills and motivation and formulate a proper playing style would be a good start. Unfortunately I can only hark back to THAT last game and listen to the excuses that were put forward for our performance. Have we moved forward as a team................ ....NO Have we we moved forward as a club...............p robably yes anyway 3 points Saturday would be nice, short termism comment.[/p][/quote]I think to learn from this season you need to look further back than the short term loan signings. It was mainly the players that Nani brought in last Summer that led to the loan shambles. The Pozzo's have got a lot of thinking to do between now and the summer about management at the club., and not just the Head Coach position. Harry's Bar

11:29am Fri 21 Feb 14

Boosey says...

The season is not over yet, I would suggest the players don't believe it either.
We will win tomorrow.
The season is not over yet, I would suggest the players don't believe it either. We will win tomorrow. Boosey

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