Date: 25th January 2018 at 10:03pm
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New head coach Javi Gracia has said he won’t use the current injury situation at Watford as an excuse ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie with Southampton.

Gracia met with the media and the Official Site to give his first pre game press conference ahead of the trip to St Mary’s this weekend and he does have a number of players out.

Skipper Troy Deeney hasn’t trained following illness, Heurelho Gomes has also missed training this week with a back problem. Molla Wague is out with his hamstring problem and Tom Cleverley is touch ang go having not fully recovered from his hamstring problem.

We can add Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenia and Will Hughes to that list with their issues, but Isaac Success has been back in training for a week following his lay off, but you would think Southampton would come too quickly.

‘There are many injured players and we are working to recover them as soon as possible. We need them in the best condition. There are different situations but I don`t know how long until they come back.’

With a potential ten players out, Gracia said his focus had been on getting the best out of the group who were fit as they were all at the club for a reason.

‘When I arrive at our next match, I don`t think about the players who are injured. I think we have 18 players and with 18 players we are going to have a good performance, a good match and we need to go on in this competition.’

Going into his first game in charge since arriving at Vicarage Road, Gracia also gave the fans and the media a bit more about him as a man.

‘I like to win first of all – and not just results against the big teams. I need good results, because it`s my first experience here. We don`t prepare one match different to another. Points are very, very important.’

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‘They trust me and I want to make a good job. I try to keep calm during the games but I want my players to have a good performance, want to have a good attitude. I want to send a good message, with confidence. I`m very comfortable here, I said before like a family. We don`t have a big budget but we have a big heart. It`s a very nice place and I feel really very welcome.’

With almost a full week under his belt now, he was encouraged by the signs he’d seen from the players.

‘I`ve been five days training with them. I see them very concentrated, very committed and the team is training in a good way. They are looking forward to the next game and training very, very well.’

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