Tom Dele-Bashiru closer to return from injury

FORMER Nigeria U-20 defender, Tom Dele-Bashiru has moved a step closer to returning from injury as he continues his rehabilitation at the Watford training ground.

The midfielder suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage during the 1-0 defeat away at Reading at the start of October and at the time was expected to be out for as long as six months.

Watford confirmed the Nigerian is now working full-time at the club’s London Colney training facility to complete his recovery.

The other injured Nigerian at Vicarage Road, Isaac Success continues his rehabilitation with the Under 23s.

Success has been out for over a year for the Hornets as he last played for the Skybet championship side in February 2020.

Meanwhile Super Eagles vice captain William Troost-Ekong will be hoping to return to the starting line up when Watford host Wycombe Wanderers in a match week 34 fixture at the Vicarage Road stadium on Wednesday.

Troost-Ekong was an unused substitute at the weekend when Watford lost 1-0 to Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium.

The former Udinese defender has made 21 starts in 22 games for the Hornets in the league since he switched the Serie A in Italy for the Skybet championship in England last summer.

Watford are third on the log with 60 points from 33 games, three points behind Brentford who occupy the second of two automatic places for promotion to the Premier League.

Troost-Ekong has revealed his desire to play in the Premier League and believes helping Watford’s immediate return to the top-flight in England will help actualise his dream.

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