West Ham fans have had a rotten time with injury this season. The Hammers have been left in the lurch as the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yaromolenko and Fabian Balbuena have all spent lengthy spells on the sidelines and as they prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Chelsea the fans are desperate for Balbuena to return.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) April 5, 2019
The Paraguayan defender missed just one game in the Premier League before Christmas, when he was left on the bench against Cardiff. The second half of the season post-Christmas has been very different for the player, though. A knee injury that required surgery has seen him miss every game since their clash with Watford on 22nd December, even if he’s made the bench for their last three games.
Those last three games have seen the Hammers ship seven goals and now the fans are desperate for their defensive issues to be resolved, even if their next game promises to be a tough one away at Chelsea. Stamford Bridge is not an easy place to go by any means, although they’d all feel a lot better about the situation if they had Balbuena back in the starting eleven from the off, something they’ve been calling for on Twitter.
You can read the Irons’ thoughts on Balbuena here:
— Dan Vasiliu (@danvvasiliu) April 5, 2019
Let's hope he starts on Monday, we need him
— Billy Bonds Claret & Blue Army (@Smackit0) April 5, 2019
Start him on Monday pls
— . (@EthxnFtbl) April 5, 2019
Get that man back in the starting xI!!
— evo_4_pwr (@monster_dub) April 6, 2019
WHY HAS HE BEEN ON THE BENCH
— Tim Burke (@tcsolo_man5000) April 5, 2019
— Tommy Tighe (@TigheTommy) 5 April 2019
Start him ffs
— Henry holley (@HenryHolley10) April 5, 2019
The Irons have been pretty clear that they want Balbuena in from the start, and it’s not hard to see why given their recent defensive woes.