West Ham have been stung with the bad news that ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski could be facing a spell of at least three months on the sidelines.
A scan has revealed that the Polish goalkeeper has sustained a torn thigh muscle after he was taken off the pitch following a goal-kick.
According to The Guardian, the injury could exceed three months, leaving the Hammers in quite the predicament.
He was injured in the 34th minute while West Ham were drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium – the game went on to finish 2-2 with Roberto Jimenez in goal for West Ham.
Since joining the club in 2018, Fabianski has been vital for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. The Polish international cost the Hammers £7m from Swansea, and was the club’s Player of the Season in his initial campaign in East London.
It’s going to be a big loss for West Ham, especially considering Jimenez’s lack of experience in the Premier League.
In fact, the keeper has played just three games for the Hammers: two games in the EFL Cup and 56 minutes in the league after Fabianski’s injury, conceding five goals in these performances (TransferMarkt).
One of those was an embarrassing 4-0 loss in the EFL Cup to Oxford United. While WhoScored still gave him a 6.1/10 for his performance, it was hardly a way to endear himself to the West Ham supporters.
Nevertheless, it’s still early days in his West Ham career, and it would be unfair to say that he didn’t have an accomplished CV for a second-choice goalkeeper at this level.
In La Liga, he has played 128 times for a variety of sides, as well as 88 league games for Olympiacos and even 27 Champions League matches (TransferMarkt). while he may not have experience in England, he has played in big fixtures before, so he shouldn’t buckle at the pressure of having to start for West Ham.
West Ham are likely to be concerned about losing their Player of the Season from the previous campaign, but this doesn’t mean they should write off Jimenez.
He clearly has a lot of experience – which is why the Hammers and Manuel Pellegrini would have seen him as an appropriate second choice for the club.
Time will tell to see if he is up for the Premier League, but with a long spell expected in the net, he will likely be hoping that every West Ham fan can get behind him.
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