Javi Gracia has today announced that Hornets captain Troy Deeney could be sidelined for at least two months after undergoing a minor knee operation earlier today (August 22).
Gracia shared his concerns about the loss of his talisman after it was believed the striker picked up the injury during or after the 1-0 loss to Everton last weekend.
However, Deeney has confirmed on his Instagram that he had been playing through the injury for the three to four weeks leading up to his surgery.
The post read: “So after 3/4 weeks of trying to be the hero and play with discomfort and pain like a tit we decided to sort the issues out one and for all. Thanks for the messages now it’s time to rest up, and mentally prepare myself to get back to help the squad.”
With the loss of Deeney, Gracia has called on his players to stand up and fill the hefty void left by the captain.
He said: “I think he will be out for at least two months but we have other players. He’s special – his personality, his character, he’s important for us, but what can we do now he’s injured?
“We have other players waiting and I trust all of them. We are ready to compete without Troy.
“We will miss Troy because he is a very important player for us but I know he will be supporting us in the next games. I am looking forward to seeing him back as soon as possible.”
Alongside Deeney, the Hornets could be without two key players ahead of the club’s next clash against West Ham United this weekend.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra are doubts for the weekend’s game, as neither of them has trained with the squad this week.
With Deeney’s long term absence from the first team squad, new face Danny Welbeck could be the man to take the reins as he has started training with the first team, along with club record signing, Ismaila Sarr.