Watford manager Xisco Munoz says losing Oghenekaro Etebo is a big blow for the club, reports Completesports.com.
Etebo is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an injury in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
The midfielder has been ruled out for four to five months and is also set to miss the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
“Yes, I am very sad about this – always when one of our players has a big injury,” Xisco said of the Stoke loanee before the weekend trip to Leeds.
“It is a problem for us and that is all you can say. It is a moment to try and give the best recovery for him. He is out for four to five months and this is a problem also for him because he had a very good attitude for our squad and team.”
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While Xisco did not speak to the 25-year-old about being unavailable for the 2022 AFCON, the Spaniard did insist his squad could cope with Etebo’s absence.
The summer recruit has made a positive impression after arriving in July and started each of the club’s first five games in all competitions this season.
But he was on the bench in the last two fixtures with fellow new additions Moussa Sissoko and Ozan Tufan making their debuts for Watford in September.
Xisco added: “I didn’t speak nothing about this (AFCON). I spoke to him only about the injury and I wish him all the best.
“We have (Imran) Louza, Dan Gosling, Tufan and Tom Cleverley. We have a good level of players in this position.”Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.