Injury nightmare may see summer return for Oulare
Obbi Oulare may return to Watford from loan club Standard Liege at the end of the season after his latest injury woe.
The 23-year-old has been on the Hornets' books since September 2015 but only made three appearances in all competitions.
Having enjoyed a nomadic existence as a youth player, with spells at various clubs in Belgium and France, the Belgium Under-21 ace looked set to put down roots at Vicarage Road but has been unable to establish himself in the first team.
He has spent time on loan at Belgium club Zulte Waregem, Willem II in the Eredivisie and Antwerp back in his homeland in recent years before moving to Standard Liege on a season-long loan deal last August.
The former Club Brugge man was out of action until November due to a thigh injury and only played 96 minutes of football for his new loan side before breaking his leg in the last group stage fixture of the Europa League against Akhisarspor on December 13.
Oulare has been speaking about the injury and it seems touch and go as to whether he will play again this campaign.
"That (playing again) depends on the coming weeks," he told Het Laatste Nieuws. "I hope to get to the start of the play-offs, but I also realise that it will be difficult.
"Whether I will be physically ready? Together with our physios I will do everything possible. My rehabilitation takes a little longer than initially expected - we have chosen not to operate. And I think we have done well."
Standard Liege have the option to make his loan deal permanent but the fractured tibia means they may opt to send him back to Watford.
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