Hornets to check on DeMerit and Cowie

Jay DeMerit and Don Cowie need late fitness checks ahead of Watford's vital Championship clash with Reading at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Last Updated: 23/04/10 at 12:09

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Both players missed Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat at QPR and captain DeMerit remains a major doubt with a stomach injury while midfielder Cowie is struggling with a calf problem.

However, the Hornets will be boosted by the return of striker Heidar Helguson, who was ineligible in midweek as he is on loan from Rangers.

Full-back Lloyd Doyley recovered from a hamstring injury to play the second half at Loftus Road and should reclaim his starting spot.

Winger Will Buckley has also been nursing a hamstring problem and could struggle to play again this season.

The Hornets need one win from their remaining two games to guarantee their survival.

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