July 21, 2018 / 4:08 PM / 5 months ago

Watford's Cleverley to miss start of season after surgery

Soccer Football - Premier League - Stoke City vs Watford - bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain - January 31, 2018 Watford's Tom Cleverley REUTERS/Peter Powell

(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

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