West Ham fans are not singing the praises of 28-year-old midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate after a reported sickness update was delivered on the player.

Sam Inkersole, a journalist for Football.London, Tweeted that the Hammers were “hopeful” the midfielder would be fit to face Southampton when the Premier League returns to action this weekend, despite missing Senegal’s international fixture against Uzbekistan.

Kouyate has scored three goals in 35 outings for the Irons from the centre of the park, but it’s the lack of effort that the former Anderlecht man shows, the fans wanted to remark on.

There was one supporter who hoped the board would ship the Senegal international out of the club this summer, while another accused the 28-year-old of “stealing” a career as a professional footballer.

It was clear from the West Ham faithful’s responses that Kouyate’s reported return to fitness was not one that would be rejoiced.

Tensions are up in the air ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Saints to the London Stadium, in light of the pitch invasions that disturbed the club’s defeat against Burnley.

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The Hammers must win this battle at the bottom of the table as defeat will see them drop into the relegation zone.

Here is a selection of Twitter reactions to the player being reportedly ready for the weekend:

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