The ever-constant injury bug has been plaguing West Ham once again this season but for now, there seems to be no real need to rush either of these two rising performers back to action just yet.
The Hammers came out of the Southampton match with no new injury concerns and a crucial 3 points leaving West Ham United’s hearts happy. Out of the 4 senior players still out with the injury bug, the biggest limelight is on both Tomas Soucek and Ryan Fredericks and there return to senior football.
However, for once in what seems like forever, there is no need to rush back either Soucek or Fredericks and risk even further damage. Football.London reported that the Czech International, who is recovering from a hip-flexor, is hopeful to be back for the Spurs match later this month. As for Fredericks and his shoulder ligament issue, mid-April.
The need to rush them back isn’t because the Hammers are in a good position table-wise or wouldn’t need their assistance, because they would. But rather it’s because both of their backups have been playing well in recent weeks and in some ways have even outplayed them so far since going out.
Soucek’s sudo replacement, Pablo Fornals, has been a fire in the midfield since catching form around the winter break and has had fans calling out for his return to first-team play. The unfortunate injury to Tomas has reopened the door for Fornals and it seems that he has full intentions of using this time well.
As for Fredericks’ replacement, the same story. The newest and most surprising of Academy graduates, Jeremy Ngakia, has been a pure joy to watch in all 3 of his senior team appearances this season. In a perfect scenario where both he and Fredericks are both healthy, many might choose the latter of the two but for the time being Ngakia is in great form and helping the defense find itself once more.
West Ham and David Moyes need to stick to the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or better yet… if it is broken, let it heal… anonymous author. Injuries are never a good thing for any club but for the Hammers right now, it’s not the end of the world. Let them take their time and recover correctly and the rest will work itself out.