X

Thursday 21
March

Watford

Gomes 'ready' as Gracia hints at cup keeper

15th March 2019, 10:47 by Simon Barlow

Javi Gracia says his choice of goalkeeper for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace will not be swayed by sentiment.

Heurelho Gomes has kept a clean sheet in each of his three FA Cup appearances this season but the ever-popular Brazilian could still make way for Ben Foster.

The 38-year-old plans to retire in the summer, so could be set for a final Vicarage Road appearance if selected by Gracia.

"Everyone knows how important Heurelho Gomes is for me and the club," said the Spanish head coach. "He is ready, like the rest of the players. He is a good option, but I will decide.

"I have three good goalkeepers. Ben Foster is very good, Heurelho is very good and Pontus Dahlberg is as well.

"In different moments they are all very, very good. Heurelho is a very good player, a very good person and I'm sure he will be important if he is playing or not."

Gracia has a full squad at his disposal and knows he will have to disappoint some players.

"It is difficult as I have all the squad ready and fit. I have to decide and suffer, and it is not easy to take these decisions. It's my job," the Watford boss said at a press conference.

"I always decide thinking what is the best for the team. We have lots of options and all of them are high-quality players.

"You know I never say my first XI (before the game) and today is not an exception. It is something I'll decide before the game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

More Watford

Watford

Sema delighted with Watford impact

21st March 2019, 16:38

Watford's Ken Sema is pleased with his progress at the club after returning to the Sweden set-up.

Watford

Foster hopeful of Gomes U-turn

21st March 2019, 10:29

Ben Foster claims Watford team-mate Heurelho Gomes is a "world-class goalkeeper" and he is looking to change his mind about retiring.

Watford

Togetherness the key for Mariappa

20th March 2019, 16:56

Adrian Mariappa says Watford’s unity has been the key to their success this season.

Watford

Deulofeu keen to swap Watford for Milan

20th March 2019, 09:42

Gerard Deulofeu has reportedly informed Watford he would like to join AC Milan after learning that they remained interested in him.

Watford

Gray happy with international break timing

19th March 2019, 17:23

Watford forward Andre Gray believes the international break has arrived at the right time for the club.

Watford

All change for key Watford clashes

19th March 2019, 16:54

Watford have announced the dates for their rearranged Premier League matches against Fulham and Southampton in April.

Recent Sport Headlines

Burnley

Hard work paying off for Tarky

21st March 2019, 17:34

James Tarkowski says he is pleased the hard work he is putting into his game at Burnley is being recognised.

Ajax

Ajax star plays down exit talk

21st March 2019, 17:18

Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico has welcomed reported interest from Europe's big guns but remains fully focused on his current club.

Chelsea

Chelsea eye up Ake return

21st March 2019, 17:16

Reports in the Netherlands are suggesting that Chelsea are looking into the possibility of re-signing Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux handed Henriksen boost

21st March 2019, 17:10

Hull midfielder Markus Henriksen has indicated he is keen to join Bordeaux in the summer after the French club's failed January bid.

Liverpool

Reds tipped for Hudson-Odoi swoop

21st March 2019, 17:09

Liverpool have reportedly reignited their interest in a potential summer move for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Basketball

Sixers star Embiid happy to silence Boston

21st March 2019, 17:06

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid says he showed he is the NBA's "best defensive player" during the win over Boston Celtics.

Bournemouth

I've earned England place - Wilson

21st March 2019, 16:48

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson says he more than deserves his place in the current England squad.

West Ham United

Hammers ace tipped for Real switch

21st March 2019, 16:48

West Ham's Felipe Anderson has been linked with a shock summer switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid.