Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu could miss the remainder of the season after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Liverpool.
The former Barcelona man was forced off the pitch at Vicarage Road towards the end of the first half and was replaced by Roberto Pereyra, with Watford going on to pick up a 3-0 win over Premier League's champions-elect Liverpool.
Watford manager Nigel Pearson has now confirmed that he expects Deulofeu to miss the remainder of the season after an initial scan showed an injury to the forward's anterior cruciate ligament.
"Unfortunately for us the scan results really show he is probably going to be out for the rest of the season," Pearson told Sky Sports.
"The initial scan results show that he has got an ACL [injury], which is a really bad thing for us because he has been such an important player for us.
"He's a really good lad as well. I think it is upsetting for the players when one of your colleagues gets an injury like that during a game.
"Certainly for us he will be a miss, but having said that [Roberto] Maxi Pereyra went in yesterday and I thought he did very well when he went on
"But for sure Gerry is going to be a miss for us. But we'll have to cope. It's important we look forward with a positive mentality but it's certainly not good news for us for sure."
Deulofeu has been one of Watford's most dangerous attacking players this season and will be sorely missed as the club continues to fight against relegation, although Ismaïla Sarr's performances on Saturday is a major positive.
The Senegal international has been dangerous throughout his short time at the club, following a summer move from Stade Rennais, but until their 3-0 win over Liverpool, Sarr has struggled to provide any end product.
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Source : 90min