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Watford suffer huge blow ahead of Manchester United clash

Watford have been handed a huge selection blow ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester United.

As the dust continues to settle on defeat in the Manchester derby, players from both teams will jet off across the planet for World Cup qualifying duty.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are among those who will join up with England for the November international break – with the Premier League set to return on Saturday, November 20.

Of course, that’s a date which sees under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer take his wounded United to Watford.

They will now make that journey to London knowing that Juraj Kucka will NOT be available for the Hornets.

On loan from Serie A side Parma, the combative midfielder – who has been capped 88 times by Slovakia – saw red against Arsenal this afternoon for two bookable offences.

It means the player is set to serve a one-game suspension in that competition.

In a hotly-contested game that saw cautions handed out on both teams, the 34-year-old Kucka was booked after 30 minutes and was, subsequently, given his marching orders by referee Kevin Friend in the dying embers.

His second, robust challenge on Nuno Tavares came after Emile Smith Rowe has scored a would-be winner.

What next for United and Solskjaer? Have your say in the comments section below.

Watford head into their meeting with United two points clear of the relegation zone. They have picked up three wins and a draw from their 11 matches so far, while Kucka represents a significant loss for Claudio Ranieri given he has played the third most minutes for the Londoners this season.

Indeed, the Slovakian’s tally of 852 stands only behind Ismaila Sarr (964) and William Troost-Ekong (900).

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