More injury woe for Moyes ahead of West Brom test

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 24th January 2020

David Moyes has revealed that at least two more first team squad members will miss this weekend's FA Cup fourth round tie against West Bromwich Albion.

The manager, who is already without the likes of Lukasz Fabiasnki, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Ryan Fredericks will also have to fare without Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass, both of whom sustained injuries during the 4-1 thrashing at the Kind Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

And centre half Angelo Ogbonna is also considered a doubt for the tie against Slaven Bilic's in-form Championship side.

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"We picked up a couple of injuries in the game [against Leicester]," said Moyes during his pre-match press conference on Friday. "We've got injuries to Snodgrass and Arthur which I think will both rule them out of the game at the weekend.

"We're also looking at Angelo, who fell heavily on his back. They are the ones we have difficulties with as well. I'm feeling it at the moment with injuries.

"We lost Ryan Fredericks early on, Lukasz Fabianski and Felipe Anderson, people who would be around the starting team. You can't afford to lose too many more but let's hope we can get them back quickly and they are ready for the busy months coming."

However Michail Antonio - whose return as a substitute against Leicester was welcomed by all fans - should be fit to play some part in the game.

"Antonio is important to us but we're having to bring him back at a speed where we can use him correctly," he added. "Getting him 45 minutes [on Wednesday] was probably a bit longer than I was intending to.

"I was looking at 20-30 minutes but after the performance in the first half I thought I had to make the change. He nearly made a big difference to us, everyone can see that.

"We're bringing him along gently. We're loathe to let him loose too soon and find he breaks down. We've got an awful lot of games coming in the next month or two."

Yet despite the mounting injury problems, the manager indicated that he is unlikely to rest too many players for the game - even though West Ham have already played against Everton and Leicester in the last six days.

"We have the toughest of runs coming up but we're more than ready for the challenge," said Moyes, in reference to the forthcoming fixtures against Liverpool - twice - and Manchester City.

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"It's part of football and you have to be ready. Sometimes the big games raise your standards and your performances. That's what I'll be looking for. But first and foremost the next game is most important - and that's West Brom.

"We've not had lots of fixtures like other clubs. We're not in Europe and we're not in the Champions League. I wish we were but I don't see why we're too hard pushed.

"We're pushed because of numbers and injuries - but I'd hate to think we couldn't play games Wednesday/Saturday, Wednesday/Saturday. That's part of football and you have to be able to do that."

And as a result West Ham's considerable troubles in the Premier League, Moyes believes that a good FA Cup run would prove to be a welcome distraction.

"We want a run in the cup," he insisted. "I'd really like a good run in the cup - but we've got to play Liverpool on Wednesday night and Brighton on Saturday.

"Because of that and the way numbers are, it begins to make you question whether you can afford anymore injuries. Ideally it's for the supporters to get through the cup and do as best we can."

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