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Albion in good health for Watford clash
ALBION are ready for a merry Christmas with virtually a clean bill of health after their Blackburn washout.
Gary Dicker is already in contention, as he was due to be a substitute in Saturday’s postponed clash against Rovers at Ewood Park after knee trouble.
Marcos Painter is also scheduled to resume training on Thursday, leaving Vicente as the only remaining injury casualty.
Bruno (Achilles) and his right-back deputy Calderon (knee) would still have been missing against Rovers, so Poyet was not too disappointed the match was rained off.
Midfielder Orlandi has provided a further boost with a speedy recovery from the fractured rib he suffered at Crystal Palace at the start of the month.
Poyet told The Argus: “With the situation we had with defenders it wasn’t too bad. We were ready and convinced we had the players to play well and win the game but, in terms of defensive shape, when you are missing three of your four fullbacks it’s not bad.
“Also, the pitch wouldn’t have been great for us on Saturday to pass the ball, so we would have needed to adapt a lot.
“Apparently, Bruno, Calde and Andrea Orlandi are going to be back and Gary Dicker was due to be on the bench at Blackburn and would have had a big chance of playing if he had trained more.
“Andrea has already trained with us and will start with contact Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, so if everything is fine he should be ready.
“Marcos (calf) will be close too. I think he is training with us on Thursday as well, which leaves only Vicente.
“That is the best part, because we are a team that when everybody is available are very difficult to play against, because of the quality of the players.
“When you are missing key players you will always pay the price, so I’m pleased.”
Albion have dropped a place to ninth ahead of the festive programme, three points behind sixth-placed Watford.