Watford update on Nkoulou ahead of Liverpool clash

Watford update on Nkoulou ahead of Liverpool clash
Nicolas Nkoulou of Cameroon

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Oct 14, 2021. 12:00

Watford FC have confirmed that Nicolas Nkoulou, Christian Kabasele, and Peter Etebo will be unavailable when the team faces Liverpool FC on Saturday.

The two teams are set to meet in an English Premier League encounter at the Vicarage Road where Liverpool suffered their first league defeat of the 2019/20 season, but they went on to clinch the championship.

The Hornets have revealed that Cameroonian defender Nkoulou, who recently joined the club as a free agent, is yet to regain his match fitness, while DR Congo-born defender Kabasele and Nigerian star Peter Etebo are both injured.

Chilean defender Francisco Sierralta is also out injured, but Watford have been boosted by Norway international Joshua King’s return to training and he will be assessed ahead of their clash with Liverpool.

The Hornets released the following statement ahead of their first match under their new manager Claudio Ranieri:

“Joshua King has returned to training today after suffering a minor knee ligament problem at Leeds United 10 days ago and will be assessed ahead of this weekend’s clash with Liverpool,” a statement read.

“Francisco Sierralta is progressing well from the hamstring injury he sustained in the second half at Elland Road and it is hoped he will return to light training next week.

“Christian Kabasele also injured his hamstring late on in the defeat at Leeds and is in the first phase of his rehabilitation now.

“Recent arrival Nicolas Nkoulou won’t be available for selection against the Reds, with Head Coach Claudio Ranieri intimating in his pre-match press conference that the Cameroonian is about three weeks away from full fitness.

“Meanwhile, midfielder Peter Etebo has had surgery on the tear in his quad and has now returned to the club’s training base at London Colney to begin his rehab with the medical team.”

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