Date: 17th September 2008 at 1:12pm
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Wrap that Hoskins boy in cotton wool?

The former Rotherham hitman is the ONLY centre forward available for selection ahead of the visit of Reading?and even he`s only just recovered from a groin strain!!!

The Hornets ‘tale of striking` woe took an unexpected turn for the worse last night after Tamas Priskin was the latest line leader to pull up injured with a hamstring snap.

So that`s Rasiak (shoulder), Robinson (arm), Liam Henderson (sunburn from Valencia?) and the Hungarian hitman all ruled out, leaving Aidy Boothroyd with a major head ache upfront.

The Hornets chief said “We`ve got 1 recognised centre forward at the club now who`s fit in Will Hoskins and Tommy Smith`s playing up there in an unaccustomed position and doing very, very well”.

But couple the full treatment room with the loan departures of Ashikodi, Ellington and Kabba – who incidently scored with a corker for Blackpool at the weekend – and well, the Vicarage Road cupboards are bare.

Boothroyd has even admitted the striker shortage has got that bad he`ll need to go cap in hand to the tight-fisted board in a bid to beg, steal and borrow a frontman from somewhere.

He added “I’ve got to go and have a chat with the chairman and see what’s available because it’s a lot to ask with the amount of games we`ve got in a short space of time”.

“We`ve got to make sure we get some bodies to be able to cope with the workload.”

Let`s just hope then though that any loan signing is more of a Mooney than a Benjamin.