No joy for injured duo

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 21st January 2020

David Moyes has revealed Felipe Anderson is set to be out for up to a month with a back injury.

The Brazilian winger had begun life under Moyes in positive fashion, but is set to be sideline for around four weeks as a result of the injury.

And while the news was little better with regards to Andriy Yarmolenko, the manager confirmed Michail Antonio is now back in training with the first team squad.

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"Felipe has a problem with his back he suffered in that landing so it looks like it is going to keep him out for a while," Moyes revealed during his press conference ahead of Wednesday's match against Leicester. "It looks like being about four weeks.

"Michail Antonio is getting closer to fitness, he's been training with us - but Andriy Yarmolenko looks like he could be the best part of three weeks away.

"We could do with getting some back because of the busy programme but sometimes, game after game isn't bad as the players can focus on their form."

Yet the boss appeared confirmed that he had no interest in bringing one or two of his more experiences loanees back to London in order to fill the gaps created by recent injuries.

"Grady [Diangana] has done so well at West Brom but I think his injury last night will probably put paid to us needing him," Moyes added. "Maybe in a months time when he has recovered we could have players back, so he'll probably stay at West Brom for the season.

"Josh [Cullen] has had an injury too, so getting games for Charlton would be the best thing. It was a big consideration though, because they are both really good young players and we like them a lot."

With regards to fellow first team squad members, Moyes had a word of praise for his only January signing so far and one of the squad's most experienced players.

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"I have to give Darren [Randolph] a lot of credit," he continued. "He couldn't do anything about the goal [against Everton] on Saturday and, in the main, did everything well.

"It's well known we have had some difficulties in that position. Lukasz [Fabianski is a very good keeper and losing him at different times has been very costly to the club, so I think the quicker we get him back the better.

"As for Pablo, the big thing for me is what he gives to the team - stability. The young players look at him and can ask how he got to this age still playing so many games. He's still fit and competitive.

"Lots of it is to do with ability but a lot is how you live and what goes around with being a footballer these days."

And the boss also gave credit to former Scotland international Robert Snodgrass, a player who was sent to the Championship on loan during Moyes' previous spell at West Ham.

"He [Snodgrass] is really important," he said. "I missed him the first year when I was here as he was out on loan at Aston Villa.

"I didn't get to work with him then but I have found him really good to work with. He's got a great delivery and is a streetwise and understanding footballer. We can't play him all the time, but his output has been very good."

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