By 90Min
November 22, 2017

West Ham have been handed an injury boost after a scan confirmed that Marko Arnautovic did not break his thumb in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Watford, Sky Sports have reported.

The Austrian winger was forced to withdraw in the 74th minute having been accidentally trod on by Watford defender Marvin Zeegelaar.

He appeared to be in agony as he writhed uncontrollably on the pitch, and was treated for a prolonged period by West Ham medical staff.

There were fears that Arnautovic could be set to join the Hammers' growing injury list, such was the apparent severity of the injury.

But he is expected to be available for Friday night's game against Leicester, a fixture of increasing importance given West Ham's poor form.

David Moyes is set to take charge of his first home game with the pressure already beginning to mount, although Arnautovic's fitness will be a boost.

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West Ham could also be lifted by the return from illness of Andre Ayew, who would provide another attacking option for a side in need of goals.

“I always thought this was a big job,” Moyes said after the Watford loss. “Some big players with big reputations disappointed me a lot. I thought they would show me more. They need to show me why they have got that reputation. Overall it was not good enough.”

Following Friday's clash with Leicester, West Ham face Moyes' former club Everton at Goodison Park.

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