The West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are beginning to feel slightly more confident about their chances this season. The Hammers had a very start tough to the campaign, and whilst they’re still not in the clear, a few good results over the last few weeks have given fans a few reasons for optimism.
Wins against both Chelsea and Stoke City over the last few weeks have proven that the Hammers are good enough to succeed, and with the games coming thick and fast over the coming weeks, their recent upturn in form has come at a good time.
However, just as things are beginning to look good, the West Ham faithful in the Transfer Tavern have been brought down to earth with a crashing thud, owing to a recent injury update. According to fitness expert Ben Dinnery on Twitter, the duo of Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic are early doubts for West Ham’s next Premier League game against Newcastle next weekend.
Mark Noble [hamstring] and Marko Arnautovic [calf] are early doubts for the Newcastle game. Pablo Zabaleta is expected to recover from a dead leg. #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 17, 2017
It’s frustrating news for David Moyes, with both Mark Noble and Marko Arnautovic coming through a poor spell to deliver some good performances over the last few weeks.
Significantly, this note also seems to suggest that the duo will be unavailable for West Ham’s game against Arsenal on Tuesday, with Dinnery going on to suggest in a latter Tweet that it is ‘hard to see’ either player featuring against the Gunners.
This is, of course, an even bigger blow in the wider context of the season, with the Hammers embarking on a busy run of fixtures over the next few weeks. The festive period is in full swing, and big games are coming against Arsenal and Newcastle over the next week, whilst a clash with Spurs is also on the horizon in the new year.
Moyes will, of course, be hopeful that the duo will be back in time for the new year, but this is still a blow for his preparations.
Moyes needs all the depth he can get, and so this is a big blow.
West Ham have had to rely on a few big names so far this season, and Arnautovic has proven his worth under David Moyes, and so it will be interesting to see how the club cope without him if he isn’t available.
Nothing is confirmed yet, fortunately, but it isn’t looking good.
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