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Mazzarri: Dropping Ighalo to Watford bench was not a message

Odion Ighalo scored 17 goals last season but just two so far this campaign. Credit: PA

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has told Odion Ighalo to accept his decision to drop him from his starting line-up and be ready for the next time he is called upon.

Mazzarri has asked the out-of-form striker to keep working hard and be ready to make an impact when called upon in the coming weeks as he is set to again be on the bench for Sunday's visit of Stoke in the Premier League.

"There is no message," Mazzarri answered when asked about Ighalo.

"What I do is watch my team during training, I study the next opponent and then make my decision on what is the best thing considering all these factors.

"Ighalo has been professional and accepted the decision. When he played, even when he didn't score, he played as well as the whole team has done.

"When we lost and we played badly, he played badly with the whole team, there is no difference.

"I tell him he has to be ready when his moment comes."

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Deeney deserves England call-up, insists Mazzarri

Deeney has scored on each of his last two Premier League appearances for Watford. Credit: PA

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri believes England boss Sam Allardyce should consider naming striker Troy Deeney in his next squad.

Deeney has scored on both of his last two Premier League appearances for the Hornets, in victories over West Ham and Manchester United.

Mazzarri says he is yet to receive a call from Allardyce or the Football Association about Deeney, but says he would welcome one.

I would be proud and really happy if Deeney went to the national team. He has improved physically and he is much fitter now.

He is a strong striker, he just needs to look after his fitness, but of course he is international level.

I respect the England manager and his decision, and I am biased as he is one of my players.

The FA can call me with the help of an interpreter, but they haven't called up until now.

– Mazzarri press conference

Watford defender Janmaat ruled out for six weeks

Janmaat has been ruled out for up to six weeks following a shoulder injury. Credit: Reuters

Watford have been dealt an injury blow with Daryl Janmaat ruled out for up to six weeks following a shoulder injury.

The Holland international defender, who joined the Hornets from Newcastle only last month, fell awkwardly in his side's 3-1 win against Manchester United on Sunday.

Janmaat, who set up Etienne Capoue's goal in the victory at Vicarage Road, was replaced after 51 minutes, and Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has confirmed the 27-year-old now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"We really didn't need this now as it is quite a bad injury," Mazzarri said. "It could be a shoulder fracture - he has been checked - and we will know how long he will be out for in the next few days."

"As you know, we count on him a lot. He was progressing, and started playing in the squad the way I wanted him to play."

Janmaat started in Watford's successive victories against West Ham and United, but he is now expected to be replaced by Nordin Amrabat for their match at Burnley on Monday night.

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