Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he may be forced to rotate his starting line-up for the trip to Manchester United on 2 March as his squad is struggling with fatigue. He added that Jose Manuel Jurado is still sidelined with a calf injury he suffered during the match with Tottenham Hotspur in February.
Following the goalless draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, the Hornets visit Old Trafford on a total of 37 points, just one win away from the traditional 40-point target set at the start of the season. Flores suggested in his press conference prior to the game that he needs to throw fresh legs on the pitch if Watford are to bag those three points, as some of his players are tired and he needs them ready for the match with league leaders Leicester City at the weekend.
"I usually don't plan for more than one match but we are playing three very tough matches in seven days," Flores said in as quoted by Watford Observer. "Two of those teams, Bournemouth and Leicester, are amazing physically. And against Manchester United at Old Trafford I know the effort of the players will have to be really big.
"So the most important thing is to be fresh for the match. Maybe we will change players."
The manager revealed that he was forced to replace former Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue in the second half of the weekend draw with Bournemouth as a result of fatigue.
"He's a little bit tired. I talk a lot with Capoue and he knows what I want from him," he said. "In the last match I saw very quickly that he wasn't concentrating because he is tired."
One player who will not be in rotation is Jurado, as the Spaniard is still unavailable with a calf problem that has seen him miss three games. Flores lamented the absence as the former Atletico Madrid star has been a key player for the club in their first season back in the top flight for nearly a decade.
"It's an uncomfortable injury," Flores said. "The calf is very strange. Sometimes if feels like you're recovering but you're not. But we are not worried about the injury. I've said since the beginning of the season, Jurado is very important. When we have him on the pitch we normally play better. The results are usually the same but our performances are better because he keeps the ball."