Hammers star Kurt Zouma appears to have been spotted in a picture from West Ham training ahead of the Watford clash.
West Ham hearts were in mouths when Zouma was seen screaming in pain having twisted his knee when treading on the ball during extra-time in the FA Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
Given Zouma’s injury history West Ham fans were fearing the worst. There was initially speculation Zouma’s injury might rule him out but there has been word too that he has declared himself fit.
Doubts lingered among West Ham fans, though, when David Moyes did not mention Zouma in his initial team news update during his pre-Watford press conference.
But there may be some relief for eagle-eyed West Ham fans visiting the club’s website.
That’s after a blurred Zouma was spotted running in the background of a picture from West Ham training ahead of the game against the Hornets.
Kurt Zouma spotted in picture from West Ham training ahead of Watford clash
A picture posted on West Ham’s website of Tomas Soucek shows Zouma in the background.
The French defender is easily distinguishable and was also sporting the same blue and red Adidas boots he wore against Kiddy.
Given the blurred nature of the picture, some Hammers fans on social media suggested the player in the background could be Zouma’s fellow centre-back Issa Diop.
But Diop is pictured elsewhere in West Ham’s training gallery wearing a hat and different style of training top. Diop also wears white boots.
Just because Zouma has been pictured training may not mean he is necessarily available, though, of course.
Moyes and the West Ham medical team may have wanted to put him through his paces before deciding whether Tuesday comes too soon.
The likelihood, if he took part in the full session, is that he should be fit to play, though.
And West Ham will need him with Watford potentially boosted by the return of their Senegal forward and newly crowned AFCON champion Ismaila Sarr in attack alongside the talented Emmanuel Dennis.
After back-to-back Premier League defeats, West Ham know a draw against Watford could take them back into the top four depending on Man United’s result at Burnley.
But realistically David Moyes’s side will be looking to win to stay firmly in the hunt for the European spots against a side battling relegation.