West Ham travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford tomorrow, and Hammers nemesis Troy Deeney will reportedly not be playing.
The Hammers and the Hornets are still looking for their first win this season, so the match is already a vitally important one for both sides.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost to Manchester City at home on the opening day, before drawing away at Brighton.
Javi Gracia’s side, meanwhile, have lost both their games against Brighton and Everton respectively.
And Watford have suffered a major blow, with the news that Troy Deeney is set to miss several weeks after undergoing knee surgery (Sky Sports).
The 31-year-old has been a constant menace to West Ham over the last few years.
He has bagged three goals in his last six outings against the Hammers, and he has bullied the east London outfit’s defenders pretty much in every game.
West Ham will, of course, have to be on their very best form, if they are to have any chance of beating Watford. Their chances of doing just that will be made a whole lot easier, however, with Deeney unavailable for selection.
And that might just provide the Hammers with the boost that they need to go on and rack up their first victory of the new Premier League season.