Watford striker Danny Welbeck will be facing a ‘lengthy’ spell on the sidelines, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The former Manchester United and Arsenal forward picked up the injury within the first five minutes of his side’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
Quique Sanchez Flores said after the game that Welbeck had an ankle injury, however, the injury was actually a hamstring tear, per the reports.
The Mail claim that the Watford medics have sought the opinion of a number of specialists, and say that the injury is more likely to keep him out for months rather than weeks.
With Watford scoring the least amount of goals in the division (five), they need all the firepower they can get their hands on to turn their season around.
Welbeck – who has struggled with many injuries in the past – hasn’t had the best of starts to his Watford career. He has made three starts and two sub appearances in the league but has failed to register a goal or an assist, averaging just a 6.38/10 from his five appearances.
His performances suggest that Watford might not be missing much, however, the club will be frustrated he hasn’t been able to get a proper run in the first-team to try and get back to speed after struggling to appear for Arsenal much in the past few seasons due to injuries and being left out of the best team.
The blow of the injury could be softened by the news of Troy Deeney approaching a return from injury. The previous report says that the club’s all-time record scorer could be back on November 23.
Watford are in a situation where they need all of their players fit – especially up front where they are really lacking a cutting edge.
With Deeney also injured, the club are restricted to Andre Gray and Isaac Success as natural strikers but do also have the options of Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu who have been playing upfront.
Ultimately, though, there isn’t much the club can do but pull their socks up and get on with it. They face Bournemouth at home, and need a vital three points to get their season up and running.
Are Watford doomed for relegation?
How big a blow is this? Join the discussion by commenting below…
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience