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Dennis and Sarr ruled out of Watfords Premier League fixture

2022-06-08 02:15

The African duo is among key players in the injury list for the Hornets as they prepare to face the Toffees at Vicarage Road

Watford manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed they will come up against Everton in a Premier League fixture without the services of striker Emmanuel Dennis and winger Ismaila Sarr.

The Hornets, who were relegated from the top-flight after losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace in their last top-flight assignment, will welcome the Toffees at Vicarage Road on Wednesday in their third-last match of the season.

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However, the 74-year-old former England manager has outlined multiple potential absentees while delivering team news for the fixture with Nigerias Dennis and Senegals Sarr among those affected.

With [Tom] Cleverley, its the injury he received in the game, with [Emmanuel] Dennis and [Ismaila] Sarr its a knee problem that theyve reported which has ruled them out, and with [Joshua] King and [Kiko] Femenia, its sickness. We were hoping it would pass but it hasnt yet, Hodgson said as quoted by theclubs official website.

[Juraj] Kucka missed the last game due to a knee problem and will miss the next one for the same problem.

Hodgson has further confirmed the absence of Cameroon defender Nicolas Nkoulou.

One has been injured for the last couple of weeks, [Imran] Louza, Hodgson continued. [Nicolas] Nkoulou is now injured, Shaq Forde, a young forward we like, has turned his ankle over in training, and other players that were involved at the weekend.

Were hoping [Joao Pedro] will be okay. He trained, its the first time he has trained but we will be hoping on him. We will have a team consisting of the senior players at the club, who are fit, and I wont really be having to leave anybody from the senior group out of the team because theyll be needed on the pitch.

The former Palace manager is confident the injury crisis will give other players in the squad a chance to come in and make their case.

I was hoping to play a similar team, but weve lost so many players that we find ourselves in the middle of an injury crisis. Therell be an opportunity for some players to come in and make their case that perhaps I should have been picking them, explained Hodgson.

Dennis last made an appearance in a league game on May 7, playing 73 minutes for Watford against Palace in a 1-0 defeat. The 24-year-old Super Eagle has netted 10 Premier League goals in this campaign from 33 appearances and played 2,591 minutes.

Meanwhile, Sarr has notched five top-flight goals making him tied as the teams second-top league scorer, and has chipped in with two assists. The Lion of Teranga last scored in the league in the 4-1 win against Manchester United on November 20.

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