Positive News For West Ham’s Absent Players

Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Lukasz Fabianski, West Ham. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) /

West Ham manager David Moyes has received a major boost ahead of his teams Premier League match with Burnley.

As many as four players could return to selection ahead of West Ham’s next match. The Hammers are about to play against Sean Dyche’s Burnley and could have the team at almost full strength. Arthur Masuaku however, will still continue his recovery from surgery.

Central defenders Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have both recovered from injuries that have kept them off the pitch since last year. Diop has only made four appearances in a season which has seen him fall down the pecking order. The Frenchman used to be one of the club’s best defenders. After some inconsistent performances, he has lost the faith of David Moyes.

Balbuena, on the other hand, has had a true redemption story this season. The Paraguayan was expected to leave the club in the summer, but no one wanted him. The defender instead put his head down and earned his place back in the team and was vital to the club’s good start to the season.

Fabian Balbuena, West Ham.
Fabian Balbuena, West Ham. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

Though it is expected that Moyes will stick by Craig Dawson for the match on the weekend, Dawson has proved many of his doubters wrong since coming into the team. The Englishman was signed as a fifth-choice centreback but after contributing to three clean sheets in three matches is now a guaranteed starter for the meantime.

Ryan Fredericks is also back available for selection. The right-back has not played for the hammers after he was forced to self-isolate for COVID-19 reasons. The defender has now completed his quarantine and can be selected against. Fredericks, however, may need some time to rebuild his fitness before playing again.

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The main news is that Lukasz Fabianski will be back between the posts for the match. The Polish goalkeeper was forced to miss the match against Everton after pulling up with an injury before kick-off. Fabianski has now had plenty of rest and time to recover meaning Darren Randolph will return to the bench.