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Watford's Stephen McGinn set for long lay-off

Stephen McGinn
McGinn has been a first-team regular for Malky Mackay this season

Watford midfielder Stephen McGinn is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

The 22-year-old, who has played 33 times this term, damaged knee ligaments in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Doncaster.

Hornets boss Malky Mackay told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I'm desperately disappointed for him.

"It was so innocuous with the coming together of three players and now we're in the situation where he's going to be out for a considerable period of time."

The young Scot was sidelined for three weeks in December after fracturing his cheek bone in a 3-1 win over QPR.

He has been influential for Watford this term and was central to their early season form in the Championship.

He's looked comfortable in the Championship this season and has added considerably to our play

Watford boss Malky Mackay

Since joining from St Mirren in January last year McGinn has made 42 appearances for the Hornets, scoring twice.

"He's looked comfortable in the Championship this season and has added considerably to our play," Mackay added.

"The one crumb of comfort is he is in top medical hands."

After the draw with Doncaster at the weekend Mackay stated he would probably have to bring in a loan signing to help out his squad.

Mackay is already without defender Lloyd Doyley, while Andreas Weimann and Danny Drinkwater are both looking to shrug off knocks ahead of Saturday's visit of Millwall.

Captain John Eustace will miss the clash as he serves a one-match suspension.

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