Former Nigeria U-20 star Isaac Success finally returned to competitive football action Saturday afternoon after over a year on the sidelines as he made a cameo appearance in his club, Watford’s 1-0 defeat of visiting Nottingham Forest at the Vicarage Road stadium.
Success last featured for the Hornets in March last year, coming on in the final 15 minutes of Watford’s 3-2 loss to Everton at the Vicarage Road stadium.
The Nigerian had an achilles tendon rupture and missed the remainder of the 2019/20 season, featuring in just seven games viz five in the Premier League as he was unable to help the club fight relegation to the Skybet Championship. He didn’t start any of the five games but started the only FA Cup and ELF Cup game he played for the club.
Success began his journey back to competitive football action when he made Watford’s Matchday squad in the Hornets’ 2-0 defeat of Wycombe Wanderers three days ago before making an appearance Saturday afternoon in the win over Nottingham Forest. The game was Success’ first Skybet Championship appearance and 55th in all competitions for Watford.
Meanwhile Nigeria’s vice captain, William Troost-Ekong made his 23rd start in 24 games to help Watford secure all three points and move to second on the log with 66 points from 35 games, one point more than Swansea who are third with two games at hand and Brentford who have 63 points in fourth but have played a game less.
A delighted Troost-Ekong tweeted after the game:+3 Clean sheet. Well done boys! We move!. The Nigerian has scored once for the Hornets so far and could be playing in the Premier League next season if Watford are able to secure one of the two automatic promotion slots.