Watford are ready to take more disciplinary action against a fourth player for being at a lockdown party.
Teenage midfielder Kane Crichlow, 19, was also at the party which broke Government lockdown rules and led to first-team trio Andre Gray, Domingos Quina and Nathaniel Chalobah being dropped.
It is understood the club will also punish Crichlow – one of Watford ’s most promising youngsters who has played for the under-23s – in the same way as Gray, Quina and Chalobah.
Videos posted on Gray’s Instagram account showed a party which breached official rules on social gatherings of a limit of up to six people being able to meet in a garden while maintaining physical distance.
Watford boss Nigel Pearson left the three senior players out for last Sunday’s defeat to Southampton “to ensure the health and safety of all players, staff and officials”.
But Gray – who was celebrating his 29th birthday – has since apologised and it is believed all three could be involved for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
There will be no quick return for Crichlow as academy football is currently on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gray, Chalobah and Quina are believed to have been fined and first-team coach Craig Shakespeare confirmed: “They have been dealt with in-house and we are trying to move on from it.
“The players know they were at fault, they have admitted they were wrong. They have admitted they made a mistake and they want to make up for it.
“Now they have settled back into it, they are welcome back and their contribution will be well thought-of.
“We have got to the bottom of it and, to be fair to the three of them, they apologised to the staff and players individually and collectively.
“It was a club decision to leave them out last Sunday – not a Premier League request – because we thought it was the right thing to do at the time.”
Watford, just one point above the drop zone, could be in the bottom three by the time they kick off at Stamford Bridge.
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