By Danny Wright
West Ham fans have rallied on Twitter to post their support for former player Mauro Zarate, who will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.
The Argentine confirmed on his personal Instagram account that he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Watford against the Hammers on Saturday.
The 29-year-old was stretchered off the Vicarage Road pitch just before half-time and received a standing ovation from both his current and former fans.
Zarate is a new signing for Walter Mazzarri’s side after joining in January from Fiorentina.
The Italian club signed the midfielder from West Ham in January 2016 after he made 29 appearances for the London club.
The former Lazio man scored seven goals in all competitions during his time with West Ham.
His former teammate Aaron Cresswell joined the Hammers supporters in taking to social media to offer their support to the injured player.
Here is a selection of some of their messages on Twitter:
sorry to hear that Mauro. All the best with your recovery, look forward to seeing you back on the pitch soon!
— Claire Sweeny 🏳️🌈 (@bubbles_awfc89) February 26, 2017
all the best ⚒⚒⚒
— Craig ⚒ Jackman (@75_chicoIron) February 26, 2017
man up son, you've got a game the weekend 😂 honestly feel for you such a shame, hope you come back much stronger ⚒
— Graeme Stafford (@Harlowhammer1) February 26, 2017
get well soon. wish you a speedy recovery #westhamfamily
— Phil Castle (@Barkingrunner) February 26, 2017
Wishing you all the best and a Speedy recovery Mauro
— Gareth Bishop (@GarethBishop81) February 26, 2017
get well soon mate!
— Remy🇱🇹🏴 (@RemyWhu) February 26, 2017
Zarate was taken off with Watford leading 1-0 after Troy Deeney converted an early penalty.
Andre Ayew came off the bench in the second half to rescue a point for the visiting Hammers.
The draw meant West Ham moved up once place into ninth. However they lost ground on eighth-placed West Bromwich Albion as they beat Bournemouth to move seven points clear of the teams below.
In other West Ham news, Mark Noble posts Twitter message after Saturday’s draw.