Watford’s Quique Sanchez Flores wary of Norwich City’s threat
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Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes is a major injury doubt to face Norwich in the Premier League at Vicarage Road this weekend.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was stretchered off during the 3-2 win at Aston Villa last weekend after suffering a neck injury in a collision with team mate Craig Cathcart. Gomes was taken to hospital in Birmingham but released the same night after initial scans revealed no serious damage, but Watford chief Quique Sanchez Flores confirmed yesterday he will make a late fitness call on Gomes.
'We have to wait until the last moment to know exactly what the medical staff thinks,' said Flores. 'The mentality of Heurelho is that he wants to play. He wants to come back as quickly as possible. During the first few days of the week he had to wait to train. He wants to play but we have to listen the opinion of the medical staff.'
Flores was impressed with Norwich's battling display against Arsenal.
'We analysed Norwich and we found a very tough team, who drew against a very big team in Arsenal in their last game,' he said. 'We know about the history last year for Norwich against Watford, they won at home, they won away. They have a very good team and they played very well last year in the Championship, so we respect a lot this team. They have adapted really well to the Premier League this year. Sometimes you have to change something with respect to the style you use in the Premier League. If your team is very competitive you can fight against every single team.
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'Norwich in this moment are a very competitive team, they are very compact and they play with a strong block, so we need to think very well about what we want to do. 'We must try to transmit passion and ambition, we try to connect with the stands as quick as possible.'
Swiss international Valon Behrami does miss out again this weekend with a knee injury and Flores admits the combative midfielder is a key figure in his club's bid for top flight survival.
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'Behrami is one of the main players for us because he has experience and his character is very valuable,' said Flores. 'But after he was sent off against Swansea he hasn't had luck with injuries. We will wait for him though. Even when he has been on the bench he hasn't been 100pc. My job now is to talk to him and to give him a lot of support.'