Deeney returns to training for Watford ahead of clash with Canaries

Watford captain Troy Deeney is back in training Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Watford captain Troy Deeney is back in training Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Watford talisman Troy Deeney has returned to training ahead of Friday’s televised clash with Norwich City, as part of a potential triple injury boost.

The Hornets' skipper had minor knee surgery in August, having played the opening two matches of the Premier League season, and has had to watch on as his team-mates have struggled.

Watford sit bottom of the table with just five points and six goals to their name from 11 games, a place and two points below Norwich ahead of the Carrow Road clash.

Former Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue and Senegal international winger Ismaila Sarr, a £30million club record deadline day signing from Rennes, were also back in training.

However, it's not clear whether the trio will be fit enough to be involved yet, with Quique Sanchez Flores to hold his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

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Sarr, 21, has not featured since a 0-0 home draw with Sheffield United at the start of last month having scored once in seven appearances so far - during a 3-0 home win over League One side Coventry in the League Cup.

It's 31-year-old Deeney who will be the player Watford fans are looking to for inspiration though, having scored 123 goals in 373 games during his nine years with the club, 37 of which were in the Premier League during the past four seasons.

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The experienced striker's physical presence and leadership have played a major part in the Hornets becoming established in the top flight and reaching last season's FA Cup final.

Deeney was eased into training with the under-23s on Sunday before completing three quarters of a first-team session on Tuesday, as planned, so it seems likely he would be available to start on Friday.

Capoue is another player who has been important for Watford, wearing the captain's armband at times during Deeney's absence, and his missed the last month through injury.

The 31-year-old has made 146 appearances, scoring 14 goals, since the Hertfordshire club were promoted to the Premier League in 2015 - when he was reportedly signed for around £6m, which was a club record fee at the time.

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