Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed captain Troy Deeney will miss the Sheffield United match.
The Blades visit Vicarage Road tomorrow with both sides looking to bounce back from defeats in their last Premier League outings.
For the Hornets they are yet to win a single league game in 2019/20 and sit rock bottom of the table with two points. United have fared much better since promotion and are eight places and six points ahead of their hosts.
And the absence of Deeney is a further blow to Sanchez Flores and his side. The skipper has not played since August 17 as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
There was some hope the 31-year-old would return this weekend, but Sanchez Flores has revealed the wait is going to be a little longer.
“I was talking with him today about different things,” the Spaniard told the Watford Observer.
“He’s really positive with his feelings and I think in a few weeks he could be able to play.
“In two or three weeks it will be okay.”
Watford have big problems ahead of Sheffield United clash
Not only are they bottom but they are also the joint lowest scorers and also have the worst defensive record this season. The Hornets have found the back of the net just four times in seven matches, but have conceded 20.
Their poor start to the new campaign cost Javi Gracia his job during the last international break. Unfortunately for Watford the reappointment of Sanchez Flores is yet to improve results.
They were arguably unlucky not to win the first game under the 54-year-old, drawing 2-2 at home to Arsenal. Yet the very next fixture was an 8-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City.
Without Deeney and with such a terrible run behind them, the Blades should certainly be targeting this match as one to earn three points from.