Football - Abdi boosts Hornets

Almen Abdi returns to contention for Watford's home clash against fellow promotion hopefuls Hull.

Midfielder Abdi has been missing of late with a shoulder injury but stepped off the bench in a friendly victory over Gillingham on Tuesday night and is now expected to be available for selection.

Defender Lloyd Doyley has been sidelined with a calf injury for the last three matches and also stands an outside chance of being in the matchday 18.

Manager Gianfranco Zola does not boast any new injury or suspension problems as his sixth-placed side entertain fifth-placed Hull knowing three points would see them leapfrog their opponents in the table.

However, midfielders Ikechi Anya (hamstring) and John Eustace (back), defender Nyron Nosworthy as well as back-up goalkeeper Jonathan Bond (groin) are not quite ready to return.