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Watford boss hoping to devise a plan to boost Danny Welbeck’s fitness

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has spoken about the qualities of Danny Welbeck and believes the club must devise a training plan such that the forward can remain fit. The England international recovered from a serious knee surgery during the off-season and he joined the Hornets on a free transfer before the Premier League transfer deadline.

Welbeck has since made a couple of substitute appearances for the Hornets but there was disappointment at the weekend where he could not face former club Arsenal due to a minor knock. Speaking in a press conference, Flores said that he needs Welbeck in the matchday squad with the pace and physical attribute of his game.

He added that there needs to be a plan to keep the forward fit, considering Andre Gray remains the only out-and-out striker in the club’s ranks with captain Troy Deeney out for some time following a knee surgery, he told: "We need a plan with Danny. We need to recuperate the best version of this player. Now, with the impact sometimes, he's a little bit in pain, so we need to clarify what is the problem. What we want is Danny Welbeck ready. If he needs to train three days and stop two days, it's okay, he's really strong and fast and we need him, but we need to plan."

Watford are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table with just two points but they should have gained some confidence after securing a hard-fought 2-2 draw from two goals down against Arsenal. Up next, they are scheduled to face Manchester City on the road and they need to be at their best to keep the Citizens at bay. City currently have just one fit central defender in Nicolas Otamendi and it remains to be seen whether the Hornets can capitalise on the weak point.