Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo and other Watford stars may return to the bench during their FA Cup match with Leeds United next weekend, according to club’s manager,
Quique Flores.

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The Hornets will host their Championship opponents at Vicarage Road on Saturday looking to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.

With his side just four off the 40-point target for the Premier League survival, following their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, Flores insists that he will give the FA Cup his full attention, but also use it as a chance to field some of his fringe players.

“We have to do our best in the cup because I know our fans really want it,” Flores told reporters.

“All the players deserve to play and that’s why this season in the cup, I try to put them in the first 11. We have 25 players and we can play a strong team. We have a lot of players who train really, really well and deserve to play and in the cup, we have a chance to name a really decent team,” he added.

Watford have not reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since 2007.