Javier Hernandez was not in West Ham’s match day squad to face Watford on Saturday afternoon because he picked up a knee injury during the week, according to Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole.
The £140,000-a-week Mexican [Spotrac] hit the Hammers’ first goal of the season during their 1-1 draw with Brighton last weekend, but did not emerge from the team coach at Vicarage Road.
And despite mounting rumours that he is a target for MLS club DC United, as reported by Football Insider, it is understood that his absence was due to medial reasons.
The last thing West Ham need at the moment are injuries, after a disappointing start to the season, it is absolutely vital that they start getting points on the board as quickly as possible, so that they don’t leave themselves with a mountain to climb in their hope of finishing in a European spot. Hernandez won’t necessarily be a crucial figure in determining whether or not they achieve that aim, but as was proved last week, with Sebastien Haller absent, you never know when you might have to call on a player, and the more strength in depth you have at your disposal, the better. Chicharito hasn’t alway hit the heights that we all know he is capable of in a West Ham shirt, but he still has a lethal finishing instinct that few players can match, and on his day, he is a real danger man. Having him on the bench is a much preferable option than not having him at all.