It has not being all that well for Watford FC manager, Walter Mazzari as his club has been hit with injuries for his key players as Nigeria international Isaac Success is the latest on the injury list and he could be out of action for another three weeks.
The Hornets host Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day with their resources depleted due to multiple injuries within the squad that is starting to take its toll.
Brandishing a piece of paper during his pre-match press conference, Walter Mazzarri read out a list of names that would be unavailable for the Spurs match and potentially the Stoke City clash on January 2.
Success, Stefano Okaka, Roberto Pereyra, Valon Behrami. Adrian Mariappa, Ben Watson, Miguel Britos (suspended), Daryl Janmaat and potentially Craig Cathcart all could be unavailable for the Hornets’ busiest period.
But it is Success that has come as the most frustrating figure to be out, as the 20-year-old has looked so bright when appeared, but has only featured in eight matches and is set to face another spell on the sidelines.
Mazzarri said: “Success they say two or three weeks, but we need to understand if they can be back immediately or if they need some minutes before they are ready for the game. Okaka we’re hoping for a little bit earlier, we are doing all we can. He is almost ready, but he has a very big muscle so we need to be careful how we use him. For sure he will be back for Middlesbrough, but we will have to see for the next two games as well.”
“Other than Behrami and Janmaat, we will also have missing for the next games and probably some of the others as well, Pereyra, Success, Britos [suspended], Mariappa, Watson, Okaka and Cathcart, the last two maybe.”
“It has been unlucky. Success and Okaka muscle injuries, Behrami as well. Mariappa with a problem on the knee, Watson has some family problems, Cathcart has a problem that he has had for over six months. Here I have explained everything, the only two players that have arrived after the pre-season preparation have been Success and Okaka, and from the rest it has just been unlucky.”