David Moyes has given a positive injury update on his West Ham side but has noted one player that may miss the match against Manchester City. The Hammers have one of the smallest squads in the Premier League and, despite some injuries at times, have been fairly lucky with the treatment table this year.
The manager did say that Ryan Fredericks, however, will be assessed before the game against the Citizens. The right-back has perhaps been the unluckiest player with injuries this season. Fredericks started the season well before an injury put him out for a couple of months, and Vladimir Coufal’s arrival have put him out of the starting line-up.
“We seem okay at the moment. We’re still waiting on Arthur Masuaku coming back and Andriy Yarmolenko still has his medial ligament injury too. Ryan Fredericks has picked up little bit of a groin strain, which is not serious but he’s touch and go so we’ll need to see how he is today after training.”
West Ham manager David Moyes’ injury update is not the worst news in the world as there is only one more concern in the team.
The defender has proven a useful utility player before his groin strain. Fredericks had been deployed ahead of Coufal too offer extra protection against the best attackers in the league. The 28-year-old has also been having game time as a late substitute on the right-wing. Fredericks has done well in this role and even scored against Sheffield United with a tidy finish.
The other news was not surprising as Andriy Yarmolenko is expected to be a long-term absentee with his injury. Arthur Masuaku will continue to be out of the squad as he recovers from his knee surgery. The defender however is getting closer to a return to the squad and could be back in the next three weeks.
Moyes however did not provide an update on key defender Angelo Ogbonna. The Italian has been out with an ankle injury that he picked up in a challenge with Manchester United’s Anthony Martial. It is expected that Ogbonna should only be out for a further two weeks, though the team seem solid enough with Issa Diop and Craig Dawson in the backline.