Watford boss Javi Gracia says Danny Welbeck will need time to get back to his best.
Gracia named the former Arsenal man in his starting XI for the first time in the Carabao Cup win against Coventry and he got 90 minutes under his belt.
It was his first start since breaking his leg playing for the Gunners in November and the game time will be invaluable.
"He needs to compete, he needs to play," Gracia said. "In my opinion he is not in his best condition and he needs time like players like Roberto Pereyra, Sarr.
"They all need time to improve and the best way is not only training but playing as well.
"When we have this opportunity we have to do it."