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Squad update ahead of the Hornets' first pre-season friendly

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.

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