West Ham United surely can’t afford a repeat performance of last week when they face perilous Huddersfield Town on Saturday. With a perfect opportunity to put pressure on both Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the race for seventh place in the Premier League, the game against The Terriers is one that the Hammers must win.
And, it appears that Manuel Pellegrini’s side could be in a good position to make the most of the game at the London Stadium.
What’s the News?
According to the club’s official website, the manager has confirmed that only Andy Carroll is a fresh absentee following an ankle injury.
The tall striker has missed a large portion of the season so far as he has had to watch from the sidelines and his future in east London does not look very bright with his contract set to expire in the summer.
Although it is never really good news to hear that one of your players has become unavailable through injury, the fact that Carroll is the only one to have suffered a fresh knock should not be considered disastrous.
As mentioned, the striker has been plagued by injuries throughout his West Ham career and this season has been no different, as he has only managed to make a handful of appearances for Pellegrini’s side.
His future appears to be away from the London Stadium, with some media reports stating that the 30-year-old has already played his last match for the Hammers following his new ankle injury.
However, with just Carroll on the sidelines, that means West Ham could enter the match still with a number of their top players in the squad and will still have plenty of attacking ability in the team.
Manuel Lanzini is likely to continue in the midfield with Felipe Anderson as he continues to work his way back, whilst Marko Arnautovic could lead the line for the Hammers as three points are vital in their quest for seventh place in the Premier League.
West Ham fans, what do you make of Carroll’s latest injury? Has he played his last match for you already? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.