Troy Deeney is back training with Watford following a knee injury but will not be involved in tomorrow’s League Cup tie.

Head coach Vladimir Ivic said that the Hornets striker has “just started work” after being out since the end of last season, although is “not ready” to play in tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash against Newport County with his future at the club still uncertain.

The 32-year-old has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road throughout the summer, with Deeney understood to favour a move to the Premier League if the Hornets receive a firm offer.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the club’s game against The Exiles tomorrow, Ivic said: “For Troy it’s too early because he’s just started to work with us after a break of three weeks, he’s not ready to play tomorrow. He will work day by day to reach a good physical level to help us and I hope that will be soon.”

Ivic also said that Watford winger Ismaïla Sarr would be available to play in tomorrow’s game, although no decision has been made.

Speaking about Sarr, who returned to training last week, the Serbian said: “Sarr is available to play, we will make a decision whether to take him or not for the game tomorrow, or maybe for the game on Saturday, we will see.

“He is a very important player for us, very positive and he’s worked hard with us in training. He missed a big part of pre-season and he’s worked hard day by day."

Ivic added that the squad for tomorrow’s league cup game will be “similar” to that for the last round against Oxford United when Watford progressed after a penalty shoot-out victory, with players from the under-23 team again set to be involved.

The trip to south Wales could also present an opportunity for new loan signing James Garner to add to the 18 minutes he played against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

“He’s one of the most talented young players in England and everybody knows a lot of things about him, he’s coming from a big club’s academy,” said Ivić.

“He’s a quality player with the ball, he knows how to move the ball fast, he thinks fast, this is very important and I’m sure that he will help us in the future.

“He's one of the candidates to play tomorrow, he can be in the line-up or start on the bench, we will see. I can count on him if he needs to start tomorrow or Saturday. Tomorrow is a cup game and I will decide on the players who will be involved for this game.”