Date: 4th September 2008 at 6:00pm
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After promising to ‘wrap his Watford stars up in cotton wool’ and insisting that this season`s objective is ‘safety first’ Aidy Boothroyd will have welcomed the international break with open arms.

The Hornets early season fitness has read like an extras list for the cast of Casualty with the likes of Robinson`s arm, Jobi`s thigh, Lee`s knee and the mysterious case of Hoskins groin dotted all over the treatment room?

So Aidy Boothroyd can`t wait for a few weeks off to let his wounded troops recover.

He told the Watford Observer ‘We`ve had a lot of injured players and people carrying bumps and bruises and they need rest. We`ve got a break now and there`s a lot for me to think about’.

And after seeing the likes of Smith, Harley and Sadler all struggling at one point or another in the opening 6 games, he added ‘We`ve got to make sure we`re the very best at getting people fit, keeping them fit and, if they`re not fit, making sure they recover quickly enough so we can keep out best 11, our best 15, right’.

(so, its not just Rasiak who`s had to ‘shoulder` the blame for keeping the Vicarage Road medical team busy?)