(Reuters) - Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley will miss the start of the Premier League season as he recovers from ankle surgery, his club said on Saturday.
The 28-year-old made 23 league appearances for Watford last season before sustaining a season-ending hamstring injury in January.
He underwent surgery on a long-term Achilles tendon problem in the off-season.
"I had been used to playing with pain in my ankle. Now that's going to be a thing of the past, I'll be fit and raring to win my place back once I've finished my rehab," Cleverley told the club's website here
Watford play four pre-season friendlies before opening their league campaign against Brighton and Hove Albion on Aug. 11.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru