West Ham United fans feared the worst last night when key player Pablo Fornals was substituted playing for Spain.
Fornals finally got the full Spain recall he so richly deserved when Luis Enrique selected him up with a brilliant video announcement for the September internationals.
The West Ham midfield star laid on an assist in the 4-0 win over Georgia on Sunday.
And he netted his first goal for Spain – a stunning left foot strike – in a 2-0 win over Kosovo on Wednesday night.
That means Fornals has now scored or assisted in every single game for club and country so far this season – three goals and two assists in five matches.
But West Ham fans – and no doubt manager David Moyes too – feared Fornals was injured when Enrique substituted the in-form star after just 59 minutes against Kosovo.
Baffled Spanish fans took to Twitter to lambast Enrique for his decision.
West Ham fans watching the game – and those who spotted the flurry of posts about Fornals being subbed – were concerned the early nature of the withdrawal suggested he might have picked up a knock.
But that does not appear to be the case with Enrique simply looking to change things up by introducing Wolves attacker Adama Traore as Kosovo were very much in the match.
After the game Enrique explained the tight nature of the game against the minnows as indicative of a young embryonic team still getting to know one another.
“This has been like a childbirth with complications,” Luis Enrique said after the game in comments carried by Marca.
“These types of games are always difficult. September isn’t the best month to compete, it’s a month in which you’re not yet in competition. It’s cost us from the beginning, but in the end we take the three points away. The teams are very equal, something we’ve seen with the result of Greece and Sweden.”
Elsewhere, West Ham quintet Declan Rice, Andriy Yarmolenko, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal and Alex Kral were also in action.
West Ham’s main man Rice played a gruelling 94 minutes in England’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Warsaw.
Yarmolenko played against Soucek, Coufal and Kral as Ukraine faced Czech Republic in a friendly.
Although there was an awkward moment when Kral appeared to injure Yarmo, who let out a loud scream.
But they were all good after the game, posing for this picture together.
West Ham’s other two recent arrivals, Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic were in action on Tuesday night and shone.
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