Watford have been boosted by the news Roberto Pereyra will not be sidelined for a prolonged period.
The Argentine playmaker limped off during last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea amid fears he had injured the knee he required surgery on last year.
However, the Hornets were relieved to hear Pereyra had sustained no damage to the knee.
He will miss Saturday's visit of Stoke due to a hamstring niggle but could return against Everton the following weekend.
"We had a problem with Roberto in the last match," Hornets boss Marco Silva said at his pre-match press conference.
"He's out for Saturday. I can't say to you 100 per cent sure [that he will be fit to face Everton] but we hope.
"He will be a big miss to us, just like some of the others.
"He came in, did very well in the last game again and we hope if not for the next match then after the break he is available."