Troy Deeney is set to skip Watford's pre-season training camp in Austria, after failing to recover in time from a groin injury that required minor surgery.
TalkSPORT reports that the 29-year-old English striker has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation programme, meaning he could miss not just the pre-season tour of Austria but also their friendly fixtures against Eibar of Spain on the July 22.
A reported transfer target for Premier League rivals West Brom and Leicester, the powerful forward will be seeking to get back to full fitness in time for the new season, with the Hornets kicking off the new Premier League campaign against Liverpool at Vicarage Road.
As the influential top goal scorer for the club last year with 10 goals to his name, Deeney will need to overcome this issue quickly, as new manager Marco Silva asseses his new team for the 2017/18 season.
Apart from Deeney's absence, Silva has no new injury concerns with the Portuguese boss able to select from a healthy group of players, with recent signings Will Hughes signed from Derby and new Chelsea acquisition