According to an update by the club’s official website, defender Arthur Masuaku is still in recovery from his knee operation and will ‘definitely’ be unavailable for their clash against Brighton and Hove Albion this afternoon – coming after the club confirmed a ‘big blow’ with his injury absence.
Masuaku, who unceremoniously announced on social media that he was undergoing career-saving surgery due to knee trouble, in an effort to relieve the pain, still hasn’t fully recovered and will miss the Brighton clash this afternoon.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh, who were optimistic about the Congolese star’s return recently, claimed he could be back earlier than expected – but the club have now confirmed that their face-off with the Seagulls will come too soon.
As a result, David Moyes is without the ‘brilliant‘ West Ham star for Brighton and may have to play four in defence again in a 4-2-3-1 formation opposed to his preferred back three.
Aaron Cresswell, who was shining as the left centre-back before Masuaku’s absence, will debatably take up his natural position to cover for the injured ace with Pablo Fornals playing just ahead of him.
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In some good news for the Hammers, star striker Michail Antonio could make his long-awaited return depending on late fitness tests – with Moyes potentially being able to call upon the Englishman after his return to training.
However, it is unclear whether he will risk Antonio given his past fitness issues, and it could be more likely that he plays a part against Southampton instead.
As West Ham aim to bounce back from their defeat at Chelsea, it appears Moyes will have a near-full selection to choose from bar Masuaku.
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