Watford attacker Joao Pedro will miss the next six to eight weeks of football action due to an injury he suffered against Millwall on Boxing Day.
Manager Slaven Bilic confirmed Pedro’s lengthy absence after the Brazilian was forced out of the game following a challenge by Lions midfielder George Saville.
“It’s ligament damage,” said Bilic. “None of the ligaments are completely ruptured, but they all have damage, and he’s going to be out for a while – about six to eight weeks.
“It’s a big blow. I don’t have to tell anybody what João means to this team. He’s exceptional, he’s someone who you can build a team around, and we will miss him.
“But it is what it is – there’s no crying, and there are many games left. We know we need to stay in contention until João and the rest of the injured players are back and available.”
Watford will be without their talisman for the next two months. They will have to push for their promotion without the talented 21-year-old.
Pedro has netted eight goals in 20 Championship appearances in 2022/23. He has also created six big chances, recording two assists.
It is unclear when the player will be back. Even when fit, he will take time to get match fitness.
Pedro was a target for Newcastle United last summer, and they made a £30 million bid to sign him.
However, Watford held on to their star, and the former Fluminense attacker has been key to their promotion push.
Pedro will be a massive miss for Watford. But there is still time for him to return and contribute to their bid to return to the Premier League.
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