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NOTABLE ABSENTEE: Watford captain Troy Deeney will not attend training

 Published on: 19th May 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Watford FC

With Watford due to return to small-group non-contact training today (Tuesday, May 19), Golden Boys captain Troy Deeney has said he will be staying away for the time being.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on their podcast, Talk The Talk, Deeney said he had a number of concerns which he raised at a players meeting.

He said: “Within the meeting I asked various people questions. Black Asian and mixed ethnicities are four times more likely to get the illness and are twice as likely to have long lasting illnesses. Is there anything extra, any additional screening to see if people have got problems from that? No. I feel like that should be addressed.”

The striker said he felt that the transition from training to the first game, which could be as early as June 12, was really fast.

He added: “While we are getting tested and while we are going to be in a really safe environment, it only takes one person to get infected in the group for that to be a one to six ratio. I don’t want to be bringing that home. My son’s five months old, he has breathing difficulties so I don’t want to come home and put him in more danger.

“You’ve got to drive in in your own kit. You can’t have showers so there’s a hygiene aspect of that. Then you’ve got to drive home in the same dirty kit you’ve got. I can’t get a hair cut till mid-July but I can go and get in a box with 19 people and jump for a header. I don’t know how that works.”

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