By Russell Edge
Watford star and club captain Troy Deeney looks set to miss his club’s next three matches after he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.
The 29-year-old appeared to grab the face of Stoke City’s Joe Allen during injury time of the Hornets’ 1-0 defeat to the Potters on Saturday but received only a yellow card from referee Michael Oliver.
However the incident appears to have been analysed by the FA and the striker has been charged with violent conduct, as reported by Sky Sports on their official Twitter account, which carries a regular punishment of a three-match ban.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 30, 2017
If Deeney were to accept the charge, or fail in his appeal, it would mean he would miss at least the club’s Premier League matches against Everton, West Ham and Newcastle United, with the latter of those three crucial considering Watford sit just one point and one place ahead of Rafael Benitez’s side.
He has been one of the most important players for the club in recent years, having made 312 appearances so far, with 107 goals and 50 assists to his name.
However he has had to settle for a reduced role under new manager Marco Silva this season, with just three starts in his eight league outings this season, scoring one goal in the 2-1 win over Arsenal.
In other Newcastle United news, the club look set to make a record-breaking bid for an international striker.