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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 November 2018

Watford's Tom Cleverley to miss start of season after surgery

Former Manchester United player hopes to return to action during upcoming Premier League season after going under knife to fix Achilles issue

Tom Cleverley, a former Manchester United youth academy graduate, joined Watford last year.  Paul Childs / Reuters
Tom Cleverley, a former Manchester United youth academy graduate, joined Watford last year.  Paul Childs / Reuters

Watford midfielder Tom Cleverley will miss the start of the new Premier League season after Achilles surgery.

Cleverley went under the knife to fix the long-standing issue and the 28-year-old player hopes to return to action after the early weeks of the campaign.

"This is something I've put up with during my career, so it's good to get it sorted," Cleverley told Watford's website.

"I had been used to playing with pain in my ankle. Now that's going to be a thing of the past, I'll be fit and raring to win my place back once I've finished my rehab."

The former Manchester United youth academy graduate joined Watford last year, having failed to establish himself at Everton.

Cleverley has won 13 England caps, but has not played for his country since November 2013.

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