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Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah to undergo knee surgery

Watford have confirmed midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is to undergo surgery on a knee injury he suffered in training last week.

The 22-year-old completed a £5.5million move from Chelsea in the summer and had impressed in the opening matches of the new Premier League campaign.

However, Watford performance director Gavin Benjafield confirmed the midfielder, who was called up into the senior England squad for the last 2018 World Cup qualifiers, would now be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

"Whilst we can't put an exact timeline on his recovery, we are expecting to see him re-integrating into the squad well before the New Year," Benjafield said on the club's official website.

Chalobah had started all five Premier League games under new head coach Marco Silva before the injury forced him to sit out Saturday's win at Swansea which saw the Hornets recover from their 6-0 home thrashing by Manchester City.

Watford would only confirm the midfielder was set to "soon undergo surgery", but must now plan without Chalobah for a run of matches which include the visit of Arsenal as well as trips to Chelsea and Everton.

Chalobah was part of the England squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2017 European Under-21 Championships in Poland, where the Young Lions lost on penalties to eventual winners Germany.

Although the midfielder did not play in either of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month, it was expected Chalobah would again be called up by Gareth Southgate for the ties against Slovenia and Lithuania which should see England secure their place in Russia.

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