Watford boss Pearson provides positive updates on Welbeck & Cleverley ahead of Everton

Watford manager Nigel Pearson has confirmed that Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley are closing in on respective returns to the pitch.

Watford struggling

On the back of a stellar spell of form following Pearson’s appointment last month, the Hornets have been brought firmly back down to earth over the last couple of weeks.

After going unbeaten in 6 straight outings across all competitions, Watford have since failed to secure a victory in any of their last 3, the latter two of which have come in the form of defeats.

Pearson’s men were first put to the sword by 2 goals to 1 at fellow Premier League relegation-battlers Aston Villa on Tuesday.

And this was followed by an embarrassing exit from the FA Cup 2 nights ago.

A replay meeting with League One strugglers Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park eventually saw the hosts emerge with a 2-1 win.

Welbeck boost

As such, Watford will no doubt be desperate to get things back on track with a 3-point haul in their next outing.

The Hornets are set to welcome Everton to Vicarage Road next weekend, for a Premier League clash.

And, speaking in anticipation of his side’s meeting with the Merseysiders, Nigel Pearson today provided a fitness update on his squad.

The main focus surrounded long-term injury absentees Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, with the Watford boss having confirmed that both players are inching closer to returns to the pitch.

Welbeck, who has not not managed playing time since October, could even feature versus Everton:

‘I would expect Danny Welbeck to be ready to play some part by the time we get to the Everton game.’

‘Cleverley’s back outside so he’ll be hopefully back in the next two weeks, so that’s two more players of quality that we’ve not had and Will Hughes will also be ready, I would think.’

Quotes via the Watford Observer

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