There was some bad news for West Ham United ahead of the game against Southampton after Danny Ings was pictured in training.
West Ham have gone three games without a win.
And David Moyes is feeling the heat already with Hammers fans and pundits critical of his team selection and tactics.
The prospect of facing an in-form Southampton with a day’s less rest is difficult to say the least.
West Ham looked to have been boosted by Saints’s missing trio
But West Ham looked like being boosted by the absence of three key Southampton players for the game.
Ings picked up a hamstring injury in his team’s 1-0 home loss to Manchester City last weekend and missed the draw at Fulham on Saturday.
Ings was reportedly taking longer to recover than initially expected and was therefore a major doubt for the West Ham match.
On the eve of the game Sky Sports reports that Ings will miss out.
Hammer blow as Ings is pictured in training ahead of clash
“Ralph Hasenhuttl is expected to still be without Danny Ings (thigh) and Nathan Redmond (groin),” Sky Sports reports.
But it seems West Ham have been dealt a blow after Ings was pictured making a surprise return to training yesterday.
Southampton posted a picture gallery on their official website titled ‘Pre-West Ham workout’.
And pictures 13 through to 16 will give Moyes cause for concern as they feature Ings involved with his teammates.
Whether he will be risked after just one day’s training remains to be seen.
Antonio still a doubt for Moyes
But if he does return and is in top form, West Ham will have a job on their hands to keep him quiet.
There are also concerns that the game comes too soon for West Ham’s own star striker Michail Antonio.
The forward has played just 45 minutes since October the 24th as hamstring injuries continue to dog his career.
It was hoped Antonio could return against the Saints. He was pictured taking part in training on the London Stadium pitch after the 2-2 draw with Brighton.
But speculation suggests he may not even make the bench.