According to team update by West Ham insider Claret & Hugh, midfielder Manuel Lanzini faces a late fitness test for the clash against Leicester this afternoon despite recovering from a knock, with manager David Moyes facing the possibility of being without him again depending on the results.
Moyes could be without Lanzini
Claret & Hugh now claim that the 28-year-old faces a late fitness test before West Ham’s battle with the Foxes this afternoon despite seemingly recovering, according to their previous information.
With Michail Antonio and Declan Rice both certain to miss out, the Argentine could provide that extra bit of firepower off the bench if he is indeed able to play, but Moyes could yet be without him as an option again today.
Lanzini’s highlight of the season by far is that wonder goal away to Spurs in the opening weeks of the campaign, and the Irons could do with a similar bit of magic against third-placed Leicester.
Transfer Tavern take
Today is arguably one of the most crucial games of the season for Moyes and West Ham, where a win would tighten their grip on a European qualifying spot.
Back in late December, Tony Cottee lauded Lanzini as West Ham’s ‘best footballer’ when speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday (via Hammers News) as he implored Moyes to play him more.
Despite that notion being debatable, West Ham fans could be hoping they have him to call upon from the bench at least, especially if their team is in a tight spot at some point this afternoon – all the more so considering that the encounter may also come too soon for his team-mates Andriy Yarmolenko and Angelo Ogbonna (Claret & Hugh).
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