Watford have failed with a bid to have skipper Troy Deeney available for Saturday's clash against Albion at the Amex.

An appeal by the Hornets against the striker's red card in Saturday's 4-2 home defeat by Huddersfield has been thrown out by the FA.

Deeney was sent-off by referee Michael Oliver for a tackle on Collin Quaner.

He has been suspended for four games, the extra match arising from a previous ban this season for violent conduct in a clash with Stoke's Joe Allen.

Deeney will have Christmas and the New Year off, missing Premier League fixtures against the Seagulls, Leicester, Swansea and Manchester City.

He is not available again until the FA Cup tie against Bristol City on January 6.

Watford also have defender Marvin Zeegelaar and six-goal midfielder Abdelaye Doucoure suspended against Albion.