Reds pair ready for Hornets clash

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DEFENDER Bobby Hassell and midfieler Hugo Colace are both fit for Saturday’s away clash with Watford.

The versatile Hassell, who has played in a number of positions this season, has recovered from a calf injury and ankle ligament problems, while Argentinean Colace - the club’s Player of the Year last season - is back from a leg injury.

Youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus is also available having recovered from the illness which forced him to miss last Saturday’s 1-1 away draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

But Reds boss Mark Robins is sweating on the fitness of Blackpool loan hitman Marlon Harewood, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

Robins told The Star: “Bobby and Hugo have trained this week and have done well, they’ve not had any niggles to their injuries. And Reuben is back after his illness. He got a run out for the youth team on Monday and came through that [match] okay.

“He came on and did well with Jordan Clark against Queen’s Park Rangers - and they both didn’t look out of place. I’ve been trying to give youth a chance; the likes of Reuben, Alistair Taylor and Jordan. I’ll be doing that until the end of the season.

“It’s important experience for them all, but at the end of the day it’s up to them to make the next step and make the most of their opportunities. We’ll have to keep an eye on Marlon and see how he is before the weekend.”

The Reds head to Vicarage Road on Saturday having drawn 0-0 with the Hornets at Oakwell earlier in the season. Robins said: “They’ve had a good season, they’ve got a good mixture of youth and experience.

“Malky Mackay has got them organised. They’ve got a decent blend of players and they all work for each other.”