Troy Deeney will miss Watford's next three games after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct for putting his hands on Joe Allen's face during Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.

The Hornets captain will sit out Sunday's trip to Everton, as well as a date with Newcastle United at St James' Park, and a home game with West Ham United.

Deeney was charged yesterday by the FA over the incident, which occurred in injury time of the Hornets' second straight defeat.

He had reacted to comments from Allen, after he decided against returning the ball to the Potters who had put it out of play for an injury.

Deeney has endured a frustrating season at Vicarage Road, starting only three times in the Premier League and scoring once, and largely playing second fiddle to Andre Gray following the forward's £18.5 million move from Burnley.

And this latest incident is unlikely to be welcomed by head coach Marco Silva, who has already criticised his captain for comments made about Arsenal after their game earlier this month.

Silva has yet to comment on this incident, although Stoke manager Mark Hughes suggested after the game he should be investigated by the FA.

A statement from the Football Association read: "Troy Deeney will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.

"The Watford forward was involved in an incident with Stoke City’s Joe Allen during the 94th minute of their fixture on Saturday [28 October 2017].

"The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.

"Watford and Stoke City have been charged for failing to control their players during the fixture and have until 18:00 on Friday [3 November 2017] to respond."