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Watford wait on injured keepers for Leicester City clash

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Watford boss Gianfranco Zola will wait until tomorrow to decide whether to risk first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in the play-off semi-final first leg at King Power Stadium. Almunia dropped out of last Saturday's final league game of the season against Leeds because of a tight hamstring and Zola said he remains a doubt to face Leicester City. His second choice, Jonathan Bond, suffered a facial injury in the first half and was stretchered off. Bond did not suffer a concussion and has been flown to Italy for a specially made mask to protect a broken nose so he can return to action if needed. "Jonathan looks nice with his mask but we will give the goalkeepers another 24 hours before deciding who to play," said Zola. "Jonathan has no other problems. Jonathan was cleared straight away and attended the dinner (on Sunday) where he was not too bad. "Manuel is better but we want to wait until tomorrow to give him more of a rest and more treatment before deciding." Watford will also be without centre forward Troy Deeney, who is suspended for the first leg after being sent off for two bookable offences against Leeds last Saturday. Dreeney has 19 goals for the season including the first in Watford's 2-1 win at City recently. Argentine striker Fernando Forestieri could come into the side, but Zola has been reluctant to partner him with Matej Vydra in the past and may instead opt for Swiss striker Alex Geijo, one of several Watford players on loan from Italian club Udinese. Zola said his side could cope with out Deeney. "We have options up front," he said. "We know the importance of Troy but I have options and I am sure we still have enough quality to do a good job. "There is a possibility (Geijo will start). I will decide tomorrow. I could also go for Forestieri and Vydra." Whoever he picks, Zola knows his side will face a stern test at King Power Stadium. "They are a team we have faced already twice and we know the quality they have in the team so we know it is going to be a tough game," he said. "They know us and we know them very well but it will be a different game so we will have to re-plan for this match. It will be ok and we will go there and play our game."

Watford wait on injured keepers for Leicester City clash


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