Watford manager Marco Silva revealed he has spoken to Troy Deeney about the striker's latest disciplinary problems following his four-game ban.
Deeney will be unavailable for all of Watford's festive fixtures after he was sent off against Huddersfield in last weekend's 4-1 home defeat.
Watford were unsuccessful in their appeal to overturn Deeney's red card, meaning their captain will miss the matches against Brighton, Leicester, Swansea and Manchester City.
Deeney, 29, who has scored just twice this season, was also given a three-match retrospective suspension back in November after he admitted a charge of violent conduct against Stoke following a clash with Joe Allen.
"I don't want to talk about whether I am surprised or not about the decision," Silva said. "It is done, and everything I could say to you will change nothing.
"I have already spoken with Troy. What I tell him, he knows as well, is to stay between me, our squad, and inside the club.
"Troy is an honest player, and a player who gives everything to help the team. He knows what I told him."
Deeney's first-half dismissal against Huddersfield marked Watford's fourth red card of the season - the highest of any club in the Premier League - while they have also ended their last three fixtures with 10 men on the field.