Vital Football

Latest Watford FC News

Team News: Watford v Reading

Team News: Watford v Reading

Fernando Forestieri and Daniel Pudil are fit to face Reading after recovering from knee and hamstring injuries respectively.

The pair are joined by new signing Alexander Merkel, who has been declared fully fit this week after joining on loan from Udinese.

There is even positive news on playmaker Almen Abdi, with Hornets' head of medical Marco Cesarini revealing that the Swiss has trained this week.

'There are some positives, for example, he trained with us today (Friday), but he also needs to build up his fitness so he is still out,' Cesarini told The Watford Observer.

Another new signing, Mathias Ranegie, will miss out though, with Cesarini confirming that the Swede is still working his way back to fitness from a hamstring problem.

It is hoped Ranegie could be available as soon as next week.

Promising young centre-half Tommie Hoban is another nearing a return to action.

Marco Cassetti (knee), Ikechi Anya (groin), Reece Brown (knee) and Essaid Belkalem (ankle) are all still out.

Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff is available once more following a foot injury and could come straight into Nigel Adkins' side.

Striker Nick Blackman faces a late fitness test, but there are still a number of key men missing for the depleted Royals.

Robson-Kanu, Sean Morrison, Chris Baird, Wayne Bridge, Jem Karacan, Mikele Leigertwood and striker Jason Roberts are all still out.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Friday January 10 2014
Time: 2:13PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Watford Articles

Match Day Officials v West Ham (25/2/17)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against West Ham United this Saturday.

Chelsea Tie To Be Rescheduled

Watford's trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in March has now been postponed and will be rearranged.

Niang - I'm Nothing Like Balotelli

January arrival from AC Milan, M'Baye Niang, has dismissed suggestions he's like Mario Balotelli and spoken about how he's settling into life at Watford...

More Reliable Than An Octopus 2016/17? (22/2/17)

A new season, a new special computer crunching the numbers to determine the final Premier League positions for 2016/17.

Archived Vital Watford Articles

Vital Watford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Watford
Write For Vital Watford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Gomes75%
Cathcart0%
Kaboul0%
Prodl0%
Britos0%
Cleverley25%
Zarate0%
Capoue0%
Niang0%
Holebas0%
Deeney0%
Sub - Janmaat0%
Sub - Okaka0%
Sub - Success0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Watford Results (view all)

Watford Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 5:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 13 2017 8:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : West Bromwich Albion (H)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment