Nigeria’s Samuel Kalu failed to recover for his club, Watford’s trip to Cardiff and was not listed in the game as the Hornets came from a goal down to beat their host 2-1 and move to sixth on the log with 29 points from 18 matches.
Watford boss, Slaven Bilic had hoped the Nigerian would recover and play a part in the game hence his decision to allow the former Bordeaux of France midfielder make the trip to the South Wales.
While Kalu was not listed for action, the two other Nigerians in the team had contrasting fortunes with Willaim Troost-Ekong making his seventh start in eight appearances.
The Super Eagles vice captain has started the Hornets’ last six games as he has had a change in fortune since the appointment of Bilic as Watford boss late September.
Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is however not that lucky as he is still waiting to make his debut in the Championship since he joined Watford from Dutch Eredivise side, Sparta Rotterdam.
In fact Okoye has made only one appearance for the Hornets and it was in a League Cup defeat to MK Dons last August.