MX23RW : Wednesday, January 16 15:02:19
Feb 10, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​London Stadium
Attendance: 56,197
West HamWest Ham United
2-0
Watford
Hernandez (38'), Arnautovic (78')
FT(HT: 1-0)

David Moyes prepared to use Patrice Evra against Watford

Moyes prepared to use Evra against Watford
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David Moyes hopes to have Patrice Evra available for Saturday afternoon's home match against Watford, having signed the free agent until the end of the season.

West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that "there is a chance" Patrice Evra will be thrown straight in for his debut against Watford on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old free agent, who has previously spent eight-and-a-half years at Manchester United, was signed on a short-term basis earlier this week.

Evra has been brought in to provide cover for Arthur Masuaku after the full-back was given a six-game ban by the FA for spitting at Wigan Athletic's Nick Powell.

Moyes knows Evra well from their short time together at Old Trafford and insists that the Frenchman will provide more than just experience.

"We like his other qualities but we got him here to play. Hopefully we can get him ready as quick as possible," he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. "I know Pat well and I know what he is capable of. I know his leadership qualities and what he will bring to the dressing room.

"Also his level of professionalism is as good as anybody. He's seen and worked with the best so hopefully he can pass that on to the players. We needed him after Arthur's suspension.

"If Aaron Cresswell got injured we would be left short. We were so busy with other players we didn't do it in January. When the window closed and it was a bit calm we could get it done.

"There's a chance [he could play against Watford]. He's not too far away, he has been training. He played in November for Marseille so he's no different from someone who may have had a long 10-or-12-week injury. Sometimes getting back playing quickly is the best thing to do."

Evra was sacked by former club Marseille for kicking a supporter ahead of a Europa League tie with Vitoria Guimaraes.


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