Hoban's comeback is in sight
Former Ireland U21 captain Tommie Hoban says there's light at the end of the tunnel as he battles back from injury.
The 24-year-old had hoped to use this season to force his way onto the Premier League scene with Watford, having spent most of last season on loan to Blackburn, while he was also keen to progress at senior international level.
But he suffered a torn cruciate in pre-season with the Hornets and has yet to play this season, Hoban now admitting that he is unlikely to play again this term as he targets next season.
"I'm well over the worst of it now," he told the club website.
"I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
"I'm hoping to get back training within the next couple of months, hopefully play some games for the Under-23s and get myself ready for next season.
"Eventually I'll get that run of fitness and games and get going again."
Initially on the books at Arsenal, Hoban joined Watford as a 14-year-old and had made his first team debut by the age of 17.
He made 30 appearance in the side which won promotion to the Premier League in 2015 but has yet ti play in the top flight for the Hornets.
"In my head I've always seen myself as a Watford player," he said.
"I want to play here, and I do believe that I can still play here. I've missed so much football over the last few years, I was just desperate and excited to be playing football and I am even more now after another year.
"It's crazy to think it's been seven years this summer since I made my debut, time really has gone so fast."
Hoban was first capped at U17 level and played 10 times for the U21s, and the defender has ambitions of playing for the senior team.