Bad News On West Ham’s Injured Players

Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

David Moyes will be having some selection headaches after receiving bad news on West Ham’s injured players. There has been worry amongst the fanbase after Andriy Yarmolenko and Angelo were forced to leave the field of play against Manchester United.

West Ham have been waiting on news of the two players injuries and won’t be happy with the outcome. Ogbonna could be out for a month with an ankle injury that he picked up blocking a shot from Anthony Martial.

The Italian defender has been enjoying an Indian summer of a season. Ogbonna has played 99% of minutes in the League for the Hammers and has cemented himself as one of the league’s best defenders. Ogbonna had formed a solid partnership with Craig Dawson, which formed the backbone of the club’s good start to 2021.

David Moyes’ small West Ham squad is about to get a lot smaller as two key players are set for a spell on the sidelines.

Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham.
Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

Yarmolenko, however, could be set for a more prolonged spell on the medical table. The forward appeared to damage his knee against the Red Devils and had to be substituted despite trying to run off the problem. Yarmolenko has struggled with injuries since his £17 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

In each of the last two seasons, the Ukrainian has missed considerable periods of action which has reduced his impact to the team. The worst part of Yarmolenko’s injury is that he was trusted to be the back up to Michail Antonio.

Antonio is currently nursing a hamstring that seems like it could go at any moment. Fans wanted to see a striker arrive at the club in January. Moyes and the club, however, were confident the club had enough depth for the remainder of the season.

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If Antonio does re-injure his hamstring, Moyes will have to get inventive with the striker position. Ademipo Obudeko could be given a run of games to prove himself as ready for the Premier League level. Moyes, however, is more likely to switch to a false nine and deploy Jarrod Bowen or Said Benrahma as a centre-forward.