Injury Update: Deeney Trains With First Team
Troy Deeney took a giant step on his road to recovery by training with the first team today as he edges ever closer to making his eagerly-anticipated comeback.
The captain joined in with the Under-23s on Sunday morning and, after coming through that session unscathed and with no reaction to his right knee, he joined in with the rest of Quique Sánchez Flores' squad and did three quarters of the session in what was a pre-planned move by the medical staff.
The squad warmly welcomed him back to the field for the first time since August 16 and he rattled goals past Daniel Bachmann and Heurelho Gomes in the session, moved smoothly throughout and was involved in plenty of contact. Sánchez Flores is sure to provide an update in his press conference on Thursday on the likelihood of the 31-year-old striker being named in the squad for the key game at Norwich on Friday night.
But just the chance to train on Sunday and today with a vastly-experienced player, who has played 373 times for the club, has been a real treat for the likes of Callum Whelan and Sam Dalby.
“He's a great player, a great character and it was a great experience,” said Whelan, the Under-23s midfielder who joined from Manchester United this summer. “You just raise your standards as you don't want to leave a pass for him short. He speaks so much, talks you through it and that's the biggest thing you take away from training with him.”
Dalby, the Under-23s centre-forward, has said before how he goes to first-team games at Vicarage Road just to watch Deeney in action, so he was delighted to get up and close and personal over two of the last three days.
“It was really good,” said the former Leeds United striker. “It's his attention to detail and you listen to every little nugget he gives you. He gave me a tip about feeling the defender in your back and letting him hit you on Sunday and that was great. He's so helpful and can only help me improve as a player.”