Team News | AFC Wimbledon v Watford

Marco Silva will occupy the Watford dugout for the first time as the Hornets travel to AFC Wimbledon for today’s pre-season friendly (Sat Jul 15, 3pm KO).

The Hornets’ Head Coach has named a strong first-team squad for the match at Kingsmeadow, although for a handful of players the fixture will come too soon.

Craig Cathcart continues to progress well from the knee injury suffered towards the end of last season, while Adrian Mariappa (knee) and Younès Kaboul (hamstring) are back on the pitch and hopeful of returning to full training towards the end of next week.

Roberto Pereyra continues to step-up his return following a lengthy knee injury, but the former Juventus playmaker will be rested this afternoon as a precaution. The progress of fellow Argentine Mauro Zárate (knee) remains on-track.

Troy Deeney misses out this weekend due to a groin complaint which is currently under observation, and Tom Cleverley has recently resumed light training following a fall on the shoulder.

Kiko Femenía suffered a slight hamstring strain during training last week and won’t be risked, despite resuming training over the last few days, while Tommie Hoban sustained a slight knock to the knee but will be part of the travelling squad to Austria next week.

Tickets will be available on the day at Kingsmeadow as well as in advance up until 11am today. Click HERE for prices and more details.

First Team 14/07/2017

Chalobah | Exclusive First Interview

Walking into the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground was a very different experience second time around for Nathaniel Chalobah. 

Highly rated, fresh-faced and just 17-years-old when he arrived in 2012, the Chelsea loanee came without so much as a first-team notch on his belt, to a club that was itself venturing into a new era.

A Premier League winner rolled through the UCL gates on Thursday night to sign a five-year deal.

The 22-year-old's journey since his 42-game breakthrough season with the Hornets has seen him take in experiences both rewarding and hardening, giving him the grounding, he says, to further his career at Vicarage Road. 

“I think since my first time here, I tried to go forward and improve within myself,” he explained exclusively to watfordfc.com.  

“I've had some good loans, some bad loans. Last year for me was a year I'll never forget, in terms of winning the league, but also with a manager who gave me an opportunity.

“But that's in the past now isn't it really? In football, people only remember the last thing you did. I want to focus on what's now, here at Watford.”

You can watch the full interview above (free, no sign-up required) in which Chalobah talks in detail about his reasons for leaving Chelsea, admiration for his new Head Coach and his international ambition.