Watford striker Troy Deeney could be set to face Coventry City this weekend as he closes in on a return from injury.
Deeney has not played since September 26 when the Hornets beat Luton in what was his only appearance so far after overcoming a long-standing knee problem.
But the problem resurfaced after the win which prompted a spell on the sidelines and he is now close to a return.
Coventry face Watford this weekend and head coach Vladimir Ivic has not ruled the star forward out of facing the Sky Blues or against Stoke tomorrow night.
“I said it before that Troy is the guy who works hard and we are happy because of his behaviour how he works,” he said.
“And the way things are, and at the moment we are waiting for him to be ready to play. We know that he has been injured, he missed a lot of the practices but now in the last two weeks he has worked, day by day, stronger and stronger and it depends on his situation.
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“We will see if we can take him for the game on Wednesday, if not for the game on Saturday. I believe he will be with us.
“If something doesn’t happen in the next two weeks, I believe that will not happen, then he will be every day in the next day better and he will be ready for these games, for some part of the game to help the team.
“I gave him time in this game [against Luton] because he worked with us before this game but after that, he felt again, the same problem what he had and he stayed out after this game for a period of two weeks, or two and a half weeks.
“After that, he’s come back again and now he’s in the shape and the way he can help us in some part of the game.”