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Gracia plays down Spurs injury issues

29th January 2019, 12:16 by Neil Foster

Javi Gracia feels his Watford side will be up against it when they take on an injury-plagued Tottenham on Wednesday.

Spurs welcome the Hornets to Wembley in midweek without injured England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, although they have been boosted by the return of Son Heung-min following South Korea's quarter-final exit from the Asian Cup.

It looks set to be a tough encounter for Watford who have stuttered of late with just one win in five but still sit seventh in the Premier League standings.

The north Londoners are hoping to mount a late-season challenge for the title from their position of third and Gracia is expecting the hosts to provide a stiff test.

"It will be a very, very demanding game," he said. "All the teams in this moment have injured players.

"Always it's difficult to play against Tottenham because they are a good team and they have good squad good options.

"I know they have injured players, but after losing chances in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, they will be very very focused on their next game."

Son's return to the Spurs' ranks is timely given their injury woes and Gracia is well aware of just what the Far East star can do.

"He is a very good player because he has a lot of different skills," he added. "He can play as a striker or as a winger, but always playing in my opinion very very well."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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