KURT Zouma will play for West Ham tomorrow as David Moyes urges him to “move on” following his sick cat attack scandal.
The Hammers defender withdrew from the team at the last minute before 2-2 draw with Leicester on Sunday after being attacked by a stomach bug – but they must be ready for their clash against Newcastle.
Zouma was at the center of a flurry of backlash when The Sun Exclusively revealed a clip showing the French ace kicks, slaps and throws objects at his pet Bengal cat while at his Essex home.
Less than 24 hours later, Moyes was fired for starting 27 years old for Hammer – with boss suggested it was because he was one of the club’s “better players”.
But on Sunday, Zouma pulled out of the team shortly before kick-off after falling ill during warm-up.
Moyes insists the Premier League star is now “better” as he presses him to “go on”.
“He got better, but it took him a few days to get over it – he was sick and quite sick, but he has been training for the last few days, so I hope that he will present,” said the manager.
When asked about the player’s morale, Moyes added: “I think he can be really frustrated with what he’s done and he’s thinking about it a lot, no doubt. nothing more, but overall we managed to keep him going.
“We want him to focus on his training. He played really well for us against Watford last week there, so we hope that we can keep him at that level of performance, we’ll be happy with that.
“He’s really been the favorite here among the supporters, the performances he’s shown throughout the season, so hopefully he can focus on his football and us.” I will support him as much as possible until we get him back to his best. ”
Zouma back to training this week after being replaced by compatriot Issa Diop in the Hammers’ game against Leicester.
After footage of him abusing his cat appeared, Zouma was £250,000 fine by the clublost several donors, confiscated cats and is currently under investigation by the RSPCA.
His Yoan’s brother who filmed the incident before posting it on social mediawas suspended by Dagenham and Redbridge on the National League side.
But despite Zouma keeping the backing of the club and his boss, Celia Hammond – founder of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust since 1986 – told SunSport he had to face “the full weight of the law”.
“Judging by the behavior of both Zouma and his brother, it does not appear that this is an isolated incident,” she said.
“It is almost unbelievable that within 24 hours Zouma was picked to start the match against Watford.
“This decision is a mistake in the judgment of the manager and shows a complete misunderstanding of how the British public is likely to react to these horrifying scenes.
“The outrage that followed was entirely predictable.”
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