Watford won't rush King
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Boothroyd insists he will not rush Watford striker Marlon King back into action.
Adrian Boothroyd insists he will not rush Marlon King back into action to aid Watford's fight against relegation.
Only the departed Ashley Young has scored more Premiership goals for the club this season than King, who has not played since October due to a knee injury.
He recently intimated he could make his comeback before the season is over, but Boothroyd is determined to be patient with the striker's recovery.
"He's on the long road to recovery, but the injury will strengthen his resolve and make him a lot tougher," Boothroyd told the Watford Observer.
"I don't envisage him playing this season and I won't rush him back.
"We must make sure he is 100 per cent right and he's only just started his rehab having had complete rest for so long.
"I'm gutted for him as he's not getting a chance to play, but he'll get his chance next season."
Meanwhile, Clarke Carlisle, who has not played since last April due to a thigh injury, may be shipped out on loan to boost his match fitness.
Boothroyd added: "It's important we don't rush him or push him too soon. He must be right before he comes back into contention.
"I may consider getting him out on loan."