Date: 17th August 2017 at 5:07pm
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This weekend Watford fans have the opportunity of seeing our new boys in action but manager Marco Silva is confident there will be a lot more to come as they gel.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to discuss the upcoming game this weekend against Bournemouth, Silva confirmed that there was a long way to go when it came to everybody getting on the same page and striking up partnerships, but he was very confident in the group he’s assembled so far and he felt fans had seen early signs of that against Liverpool given some of our play.

‘Of course we want more but it was good for a first match. We’ve talked already about things we can improve. It was a tough game, a good game and we achieved a good result. We played to win against a very good team. In three or four weeks we will see more easily my ideas. I am clear in my mind what I want from this team and we are working on that every day. We started to do this on Saturday and it was clear we tried to win the match. We will do this against every team and we will do all we can to win the match.’

With speculation linking us with a loan move for Benfica’s Andre Carrillo, but he did confirm no deal was in place as of yet according to Sky Sports.

‘We will see what we can do. Our owner knows what we believe are the better solutions for our squad and we expect to finalise some of them before 31 August. Our board is working hard to try and sign the players we need. I don’t want to talk at the moment, not only about Carrillo, I don’t want to talk about the players of other teams.’

Silva went on to say.

‘I can talk when the players sign with us. When they are our players, I will talk about them. At this moment he is a Benfica player, I don’t want to talk about the player. If you ask me if I know the player, of course I know the player. He is a player who worked with me at Sporting. He is a player I know very well but at this moment he is a Benfica player.’

Performance Director Gavin Benjafield also confirmed that ahead of Bournemouth we had welcomed back a number of players to training this week.

‘Christian has recovered well from his hamstring injury, and Brice is also putting in full sessions with the team, although he is still wearing a finger brace. It’s been good to see them back on the pitch. Mauro is in full training with the team and his fitness is improving week-on-week. His availability for games is still under observation and it’s up to the manager when he feels he’s fit and ready to get some match minutes.’

Craig Cathcart’s muscle injury sees him continue his advanced rehabilitation programme and he has returned to some sessions outside with the group, and Troy Deeney returned to full training following his groin problem at the end of last week.

‘Troy has been putting in some big training sessions with the team as well as doing some individual work outside of team training sessions.’

Tommie Hoban has now undergone successful surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament problem.

‘Tommie saw a specialist very well-known in the London area and will now be rehabilitating at Isokinetic for the initial phase before he comes back to UCL.’

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