David Moyes could be handed a major injury boost ahead of West Ham’s key match against Leeds United on Monday night. According to reports, Lukasz Fabianski has a 90 per cent chance of being fit for the match against Marcelo Bielsa’s adventurous side.
The veteran goalkeeper missed West Ham’s defeat against Manchester City after a teammate stood on his arm in training the day before. Fabianski’s arm swelled up and was causing him quite of bit of pain. This injury meant that Darren Randolph has to step in for the regular number one. As good as Randolph is, there is a noticeable difference between him and Fabianski.
Fabianski is enjoying a great season so far and has already beaten his clean sheet record form last season. The 35-year-old had some question marks over him last season after a couple of high-profile mistakes, but he has won his critics over this campaign.
Fabianski has been in brilliant form for West Ham this season, but injuries here and there have led people to start to think about life after the veteran.
On the other hand, Leeds have been handed a double injury boost as Gaetano Berard, and Ian Poveda made their returns during an under 23s match against Crystal Palace. The Whites, however, still have some major injury concerns ahead of their trip to the London Stadium.
Bielsa will be without as many as five first-team players, including star player Kalvin Phillips. The other four players that will be missing are Robin Koch, Adam Forshaw, Rodrigo Moreno and Jamie Shackleton.
West Ham beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road earlier in the season in an excellent team performance. Angelo Ogbonna scored the winning goal after Tomas Soucek netted an equaliser. Leeds had taken an early lead through a penalty but ultimately lost the match.
David Moyes will still be without long-term absentees Arthur Masuakua and Angelo Ogbonna; however, they should be closing on their returns soon. Andriy Yarmolenko, on the other hand, is not expected back until the end of the season at the earliest.