Gianfranco Zola may have striker Alex Geijo available when his Watford side host high-flying Brighton.

Geijo, who has joined on a season-long loan from Italian club Udinese, is yet to make an appearance for the Hornets.

But the 30-year-old forward could be involved against the Seagulls having regained match fitness.

Skipper John Eustace is a definite absentee as he continues to recover from a minor back operation.

Midfielder Prince Buaben remains sidelined with a thigh injury while Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin) is also out.

The Hornets, who have lost their last three matches in all competitions, will be hoping for more home comforts at Vicarage Road, having experienced their most recent victory there against Birmingham in August.