Silva unable to set return date for any of his injured stars

Watford’s injury crisis shows no sign of letting up, with Marco Silva admitting he is unable to give a return date for any of the club’s unavailable players.

The Hornets head coach has had to contend with a lengthy list of absentees, which has seen him juggle a small squad in recent weeks.

Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenia, Craig Cathcart, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success have all been out for prolonged periods.

While Cathcart and Success provided fitness boosts by playing 75 and 90 minutes respectively in a friendly on Tuesday, Silva admits the overall prognosis in the Vicarage Road treatment room is grim.

“What really concerns myself in this moment is the injuries we have. It is not a small number it is a big number,” Silva said.

“We are without some important players. Kiko [Femenia], [Miguel] Britos, [Nathaniel] Chalobah, [Younes] Kaboul, Will [Hughes].

“You are talking about players who normally play in the starting XI. It is a big concern for me even though I have confidence in all the other players and work with all of them.

“If you ask me when I will have any of these players available, I do not have one day to tell you. This is a big problem for us.”

The ongoing issue means Silva will inevitably have to enter the transfer market before January is up and he is keen to fill the gaps in Watford’s squad.

He said: “If we can bring players in to help because in this moment we miss important players, it will be important.”