Said Benrahma looks certain be on his way back to West Ham as Algeria face imminent elimination from AFCON.
As first reported by Hammers News, West Ham star Benrahma could be rushed back in time to face Manchester United this weekend should champions Algeria exit the competition.
Reigning AFCON champions Algeria lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea on Sunday night in the shock of the tournament so far.
Guinea are 114th in the FIFA world rankings, while Algeria are 29th, and had not lost in 35 games prior to the encounter.
West Ham star Benrahma fluffed his lines as a late sub as Algeria also failed to win their opening game of the tournament against Sierra Leone.
Bottom of their group with one point from their opening two games, Algeria had to beat leaders and joint tournament favourites Ivory Coast by two clear goals on Thursday afternoon to stand any chance of progressing.
Said Benrahma on his way back to West Ham as Algeria face imminent AFCON exit
West Ham fans were selfishly keeping an eye out on the situation with David Moyes’s side in need of a boost after losing to Leeds last time out.
And Benrahma will be on his way back to West Ham after Algeria fell 2-0 behind in the first half against Ivory Coast.
Benrahma started the game but reported former Moyes target Franck Kessie opened the scoring and Ivory Coast added another before the break to leave Algeria needing four second half goals for any chance of staying at the AFCON.
It is not clear whether it will be logistically possible to get Benrahma on a private jet to meet with his teammates in Manchester tomorrow or Saturday ahead of the game.
But West Ham co-owner David Sullivan set a precedent by doing just that for Michail Antonio after he played for Jamaica back in November (Sky Sports).
West Ham missed Benrahma and his ability to beat the Leeds man-for-man press on Sunday.
The playmaker had just started to find his best form again before jetting off to Cameroon.
But he looks set for the earliest possible return to West Ham with Algeria facing an imminent exit this afternoon.
Indeed just to rub salt in the wound, Benrahma was substituted at half-time for Islam Slimani.