Manager confirms attacker injury blow for Everton clash v Watford
By Danny Wright
Watford manager Marco Silva has confirmed that attacker Roberto Pereyra will not be fit enough to return to action against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Pereyra, 26, suffered a hamstring injury in the Hornets’ 4-2 loss to Chelsea last month, which also lead him to miss the defeat to Stoke last weekend.
On Friday, Vicarage Road boss Silva announced that the attacking midfielder will miss another weeks worth of action and won’t return after the international break – the same case for defenders Sebastian Prodl and Younes Kaboul as they too step up their recovery from a spell on the sidelines.
“Roberto is still out for this match. We expect after the break he will be fit for the next match [against West Ham],” said Silva, as quoted on Watford’s official website.
“Sebastian and Younès are in the same situation. They started training in full sessions with the team over the last few days, so now we need to give them more minutes in the training sessions so they can be ready to start in matches after the break.”
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Pereyra is seen as one of the key players in the Watford side and it will no doubt be a boost for Everton’s chances of a win without him in action.
The 10-times Argentina international has already had one spell in the treatment room this season with a groin injury, meaning that he has only been able to make six appearances in the Premier League out of a possible 10 with three starts.
Everton are desperate for a win against Watford to move themselves out of the relegation zone.
Caretaker boss David Unsworth has lost all three of his matches in charge since Ronald Koeman was sacked by the Toffees board last week and it’s likely that a loss against Watford on Sunday will severely hamper his chances of getting the role on a permanent basis.