Watford’s Dennis relegated, Sarr stays out for Leicester City Premier League clash
Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis and his Senegal counterpart Ismaila Sarr will miss their second consecutive Premier League game when Watford host Leicester City at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
The two African players were out of action as the Hornets drew 0-0 against Everton on their last league assignment at the same venue three days ago due to injuries sustained in the 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace on May 7 at Selhurst Park. .
In the clash against Palace, Dennis, 24, who is Watford’s top scorer this campaign, was taken off after injuring his knee while Sarr, ended the game but was also later diagnosed with a knee injury.
Watford have once again confirmed the absence of both players for their final top-flight home game of the current campaign.
“Kiko [Femenia] and Joshua King are still ill, while Tom Cleverley [ribs]Emmanuel Dennis [knee]Shaq Forde [ankle]Cucho Hernandez [hamstring]Juraj Kucka [knee]Imran Louza [knee] and Ismaila Sarr [knee] all stay away from injury,” the club confirmed during their official site while giving injury updates for the Leicester game.
Watford have, however, confirmed the availability of Ivory Coast defender Hassane Kamara, who missed the game against Everton through suspension, as well as Cameroonian defender, Nicolas Nkoulou, who is suffering from a groin injury.
“Hassan [Kamara] is available after serving a one-game suspension following his sending off at Crystal Palace, and Kwadwo Baah has returned from international duty with the Germany U19s,” the statement continued.
“Nicolas Nkoulou [groin] has resumed training and could be available this weekend.
With injuries presenting a challenge for Watford, manager Roy Hodgson has vowed to seize the opportunity and trust the other talented players at his disposal to demonstrate their quality against the Foxes.
“I’m really happy to give those boys who played against Everton another chance,” said the former England manager. gate. “If anything, they deserve it. I’m not crying or bleating about the situation – I’m actually looking forward to it.
The injury to Dennis, who has so far scored 10 Premier League goals in 33 appearances, will also be a blow to the Super Eagles ahead of their upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Ecuador as well as their European Cup qualifiers. Nations Africa 2023 in June.
Dennis is among the Europe-based Nigerian players already shortlisted in the provisional squad for the two friendlies – the first against Mexico on May 29 at AT&T Stadium and the second against Ecuador on June 3 at Red Bull Arena.