Troy Deeney insists he will be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday despite two broken toes and damaged ankle ligaments — and Watford boss Javi Gracia isn’t going to argue with him.
Hornets talisman Deeney will sit out Wednesday’s League Cup tie against Tottenham , for which Gracia is expected to make 11 changes.
But the Watford captain has already declared himself fit for this weekend’s cojones ‘derby’ at the Emirates – where he finished on the winning side two years running but missed a penalty last season.
Deeney revealed his toes were broken in training last week, and a shocking tackle from Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage left him with a separate ankle injury.
He said: “The toes? That was a tackle in training on Friday from one the young lads trying to impress and get himself in the first team – I just gave him a look that he needed to leave me alone.
“It’s nothing an injection can’t heal, and I’ve got to have another one in my ankle after the tackle on Saturday.
“It will take more than that to stop me playing against Arsenal away.”
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Gracia said: “I’m sure Troy will be ready for our match on Saturday. If he says he is available, then he is available!”
Watford’s head coach, meanwhile, is still mystified that his team must play Spurs at a neutral venue, saying: “I am not able to understand many things, and that is one of them.
“But it is not our decision and I don’t believe our chances are any more or less because we are playing them in one stadium or another.”
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