October 27, 2017 / 9:43 AM / in a year

Soccer - Watford's Pereyra ruled out of Stoke clash

(Reuters) - Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra will miss Saturday’s Premier League clash against Stoke City due to a hamstring injury, manager Marco Silva has said.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Watford - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 21, 2017 Watford's Roberto Pereyra scores their second goal REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

The 26-year-old, who has scored one goal in six league games, sustained the injury in last weekend’s 4-2 defeat to champions Chelsea.

“We had a problem with Roberto in the last match,” Silva told reporters on Thursday. “He’s out for Saturday.”

Silva said he was hopeful Pereyra would recover in time for next week’s game against Everton.

“He will be a big miss to us, just like some of the others. He came in, did very well in the last game again and we hope if not for the next match then after the break he is available.”

Pereyra was restricted to six league appearances in the last campaign after sustaining a season-ending knee injury in December.

Watford defenders Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Prödl, who picked up hamstring injuries last month, are expected to return to full training within the next week.

Fellow defender Craig Cathcart, forward Isaac Success and midfiedler Nathaniel Chalobah have yet to recover from long-term knee injuries.

Watford, sixth in the league, have lost their last three league matches against Stoke, who are currently 17th.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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