April 6, 2018 / 3:56 AM / a year ago

Watford boss Gracia hopeful of Deulofeu return before end of season

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford vs Everton - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - February 24, 2018 Watford's Gerard Deulofeu is substituted off after sustaining an injury REUTERS/David Klein

(Reuters) - Watford’s on-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu is likely to return to action before the end of the season, manager Javi Gracia has said.

Deulofeu, who completed his loan move from Barcelona to Watford in January, played four league games for the 11th-placed English club before sustaining a stress fracture on his foot in February.

The Spanish boss also said that midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah was yet to return to first team training after undergoing knee surgery in September.

“I am confident he (Deulofeu) will play with us before we finish the season,” Gracia told a news conference.

“Chalobah is trying to recover, but in this moment I have no more news about him. He is not training with the team, but he is working in the gym.”

Watford defenders Christian Kabasele and Molla Wague are back in the first team fold after recovering from their respective injuries and are in contention for Saturday’s league game against Burnley.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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