Watford boost: Javi Gracia provides Roberto Pereyra update ahead of Southampton

Watford boss Javi Gracia has this evening provided a fitness update on his squad, ahead of their meeting with Southampton tomorrow night.

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The Hornets are set to welcome Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men to Vicarage Road, for a Premier League clash.

The hosts will head into proceedings buoyed by their victory over Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, a result which saw Gracia’s men get back to winning ways following their disappointing defeat at the hands of Arsenal this day last week.

As things stand, the impressive campaign being enjoyed by Watford sees them sitting pretty in joint-7th place in the English top-flight table, with an FA Cup final meeting with Manchester City still to come.

Southampton, on the other hand, were put to the sword by an Ayoze Perez-inspired Newcastle last time out.

The Saints’ positive form under the guidance of Ralph Hasenhüttl, though, means they nevertheless sit 5 points clear of the relegation zone ahead of kick-off tomorrow night.

Pereyra returns to the fold

The task awaiting Southampton at Vicarage Road, however, looks set to be made a tougher one by the return of one of Watford’s star men.

Speaking in a press conference a short time ago, Hornets’ boss Javi Gracia confirmed that Roberto Pereyra has regained full fitness, after missing his side’s last two outings through injury.

Adalberto Peñaranda, meanwhile, is also set to boost Watford’s attacking options:

‘Both are training, both are available. One has made many more minutes than the other and he maybe needs more time to be in the best condition. Peñaranda has been out of the time for a long time, but the best news is that they are available.’

Gracia continued:

‘We have out of the team José Holebas, Tom Cleverley, Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prödl. Prödl has a little problem in his knee. He trained yesterday but he didn’t today and we’ll see. It is nothing serious, but in this moment he is not available.’

‘Tom will be ready to train with the team in three or four days. I’m optimistic José will be ready to train with the team in one or two days. We’ll see.’

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