Watford boss Nigel Pearson has provided an update on the fitness of Ismaila Sarr, ahead of the club’s crunch meeting with Aston Villa.
Villa host Watford
The Hornets are set to visit Villa Park tomorrow night, for a crucial matchup in the race for Premier League survival.
As things stand, the two sides are separated by just a solitary point, with Watford holding the advantage over 18th-placed Villa.
This comes on the back of a remarkable upturn in form on the part of the Vicarage Road outfit, since Nigel Pearson’s appointment early last month.
Watford have secured 4 wins and 2 draws from the club’s last 6 league outings, the latest of which came over the weekend.
A home meeting with Spurs saw the Hornets bag a potentially vital point, despite Troy Deeney’s missed 2nd-half penalty.
93 – Watford 0-0 Spurs ended a run of 93 Premier League games without a goalless draw for Tottenham, the second longest run in the competition’s history (Man Utd, 114 games ending May 2002). Stalemate. #WATTOT
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Highlights: Watford 0-0 Tottenham
An otherwise largely-positive outing for Watford, however, was soured by a blow on the personnel front.
With just minutes remaining in the clash, Ismaila Sarr, who was arguably the hosts’ most dangerous player on Saturday, pulled up after tracking back into his own half, before going to ground clutching his hamstring.
And, after being tended to by the Hornets’ medical team, the explosive wide-man was eventually forced off, to be replaced by January signing Ignacio Pussetto.
We’re forced into a late change and it’s time for a debut…
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As such, Sarr was immediately labelled as a doubt to feature versus Villa tomorrow night.
And, as has since been confirmed by Nigel Pearson this evening, Watford’s summer signing has indeed been ruled out of the club’s relegation showdown:
‘We are still waiting to see what the extent of it is. I can’t give anything other than that. He is not going to be available for tomorrow’s game. I really don’t know [what the injury is], but whatever it is, we’ll deal with it. There is no point getting ahead of myself… but he’s clearly been such a positive player for us.’
On Sarr’s potential return, Pearson added:
‘After tomorrow’s game, it’s FA Cup weekend again and hopefully we’ll have him available for the next Premier League game.’
There was positive news on long-term Hornets injury absentee Danny Welbeck, though, with the former Arsenal man ‘getting closer and closer’ to a return to the pitch.
🚨 INJURY UPDATE 🚨
The latest news on the fitness of Ismaïla Sarr & Danny Welbeck tomorrow night 👇
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) January 20, 2020