Watford midfielder Almen Abdi could make a return to the first-team squad against Sheffield Wednesday

This Is Local London: Abdi has not featured for Watford since the end of January. Picture: Action Images Abdi has not featured for Watford since the end of January. Picture: Action Images

Watford could be boosted by the return of Almen Abdi for this weekend's Championship clash at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swiss international played just over an hour of Tuesday’s Herts Senior Cup game against Boreham Wood as he continues to recover from an ongoing foot problem.

Watford say Abdi, who has not been a part of the first-team squad since the end of January, has progressed well after that match and could feature against Wednesday.

Mathias Ranegie is available after serving a three-match suspension while new signing Albert Riera could feature but, at the time of going to press, his move was still awaiting international clearance.

Three players will definitely miss the trip. Fernando Forestieri (foot), Chu-Young Park (thigh) and Essaïd Belkalem (back spasm) have all been ruled out.

Fitz Hall has started to train again after his Achilles injury but he remains a doubt for the game.

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6:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Boosey says...

Will that be this Wednesday or the following Wednesday?
Will that be this Wednesday or the following Wednesday? Boosey
  • Score: 9

6:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

hogweed says...

Belkalem is no loss and the Korean is a joke. How can Fernando be out for so long with two stitches in his little toe? As for Fitz words fail me.

Hog out
Belkalem is no loss and the Korean is a joke. How can Fernando be out for so long with two stitches in his little toe? As for Fitz words fail me. Hog out hogweed
  • Score: -8

6:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Banjo says...

Belkalem is in hospital having his gastric band tightened.
Belkalem is in hospital having his gastric band tightened. Banjo
  • Score: 9

6:53pm Thu 27 Mar 14

GarstonHorn says...

Great news. A few appearances this season, then a full pre-season ready to destroy the championship again next season
Great news. A few appearances this season, then a full pre-season ready to destroy the championship again next season GarstonHorn
  • Score: 28

7:06pm Thu 27 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Feed AA raw take and let him loose in August.
Feed AA raw take and let him loose in August. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SAHornet says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
Feed AA raw take and let him loose in August.
Eh ????
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: Feed AA raw take and let him loose in August.[/p][/quote]Eh ???? SAHornet
  • Score: 6

11:05pm Thu 27 Mar 14

AlanMayeshasscored says...

Best news we have had for weeks. !!!
Best news we have had for weeks. !!! AlanMayeshasscored
  • Score: 1

7:27am Fri 28 Mar 14

VOReason says...

AlanMayeshasscored wrote:
Best news we have had for weeks. !!!
Better than Bassini going bankrupt again?
[quote][p][bold]AlanMayeshasscored[/bold] wrote: Best news we have had for weeks. !!![/p][/quote]Better than Bassini going bankrupt again? VOReason
  • Score: 1

8:14am Fri 28 Mar 14

LoveKeithDublin says...

Why rush him back? After all, it's not a massive game on Saturday and last time when we threw him back in that failed. Is it really a good idea to chuck a long term injury back in after playing just over an hour with the kids?
Why rush him back? After all, it's not a massive game on Saturday and last time when we threw him back in that failed. Is it really a good idea to chuck a long term injury back in after playing just over an hour with the kids? LoveKeithDublin
  • Score: 3

8:49am Fri 28 Mar 14

Hornankey says...

No point risking further injury. Keep him under wraps until next season.
No point risking further injury. Keep him under wraps until next season. Hornankey
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

watford1881 says...

Hornankey wrote:
No point risking further injury. Keep him under wraps until next season.
Absolutely.. Stupid to play him this season..
[quote][p][bold]Hornankey[/bold] wrote: No point risking further injury. Keep him under wraps until next season.[/p][/quote]Absolutely.. Stupid to play him this season.. watford1881
  • Score: 1

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