Boothroyd bemoans King loss

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Adrian Boothroyd says a fully-fit Marlon King could have kept Watford in the Premiership this season.

The 27-year-old striker, who scored 22 goals as The Hornets clinched promotion last term, has made only 12 appearances this season because of a serious knee injury.

He recently returned to action but it came too late as Watford lost their fight to avoid the drop back into the Championship at the first time of asking.

"Marlon King is getting somewhere near back to where he was. It is going to take him some time but maybe we can hit the ground running next year," said the Watford boss.

"Marlon has got an edge and that is why he is so valuable to us and why we may have picked up a few more points had he been fit. He is a threat."

King admits it has been a frustrating time and believes he could have emulated the likes of Andy Johnson (Crystal Palace 2004/05) and Darren Bent (Charlton 2005/6) by scoring 20 goals in their debut seasons in the top flight had he not suffered injury.

"I believe I could have done what Andy Johnson and Darren Bent did in the Premiership," said King.

"It was disappointing not to have had the chance this season, but I am sure I will get another one.

"I was starting to find my feet, and then the chance was taken away from me by injury."