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Deulofeu to miss Seagulls opener

10th August 2018, 06:59 by Craig Smithson

Watford have been hit by the loss of Gerard Deulofeu for their Premier League opener against Brighton because of injury.

The Spanish winger, whose loan move from Barcelona was made permanent during the summer, has been unable to train over the last few days due to an abdominal problem.

But midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure will play despite having only just recovered from appendicitis.

"Gerard started to train with the team last week, but he had a little problem," said Hornets boss Javi Gracia.

"I think he will be ready in three, four or five days.

"Doucoure is fit and in agood condition to play. He's a player with great commitment, making a big effort every game."

Watford will also be without the injured Tom Cleverley and Nathaniel Chalobah, who is short of match fitness.

"The centre of midfield, we have aproblem with Cleverley, Chalobah and Doucoure as well and we only have one player in (Etienne) Capoue," he added.

"It's a position where we need to reinforce if possible. I don't sign players, it's the club who takes that decision. I can give my opinion and after that I wait.

"I gave my opinion after last season finished and in the last weeks again, but they take the last decision.

"I'm just focused on the next game. I spend my time preparing for the next game more than thinking there will be movementsor not in the window. I prefer to spend my time with the players we have.

"I have to be able to convince them they are the best, that they feel feel proud to feel and belong to this club and to put 100 per cent inevery day. It's my job and I do my best."

The Hornets will also be without Stefano Okaka and summer signing Ben Wilmot, who has a minor knee problem.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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