Reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has shed light on Manuel Lanzini’s latest injury blow and has claimed that the Argentine could miss the rest of this season alongside Arthur Masuaku.
The Lowdown: West Ham injury crisis
David Moyes has been forced to adapt without a plethora of first team regulars over the last month, with Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Masuaku, Lanzini and Mark Noble all sidelined at some point.
West Ham have been given several injury boosts boost over this last fortnight, however, as Antonio, Rice, Ogbonna, Noble and Cresswell have all returned and are available for selection. Masuaku and Lanzini are still out, though, with ExWHUemployee now shedding light on the latter’s injury problem.
The Latest: ExWHUemployee drops grim Lanzini update
After his latest knock, Lanzini has been forced to watch on from the sidelines after briefly impressing in Rice’s holding midfield role. Indeed, Moyes opted to play the 28-year-old further back in midfield against Burnley during the Hammers’ 2-1 win at Turf Moor.
He impressed that night, dictating the tempo and flow of the game (West Ham Way), but ExWHUemployee believes it is now unlikely that Irons supporters will see him in action again this season.
The insider explained on his Patreon before West Ham’s disappointing draw at Brighton last night that Lanzini and Masuaku have probably been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The Verdict: Blow for Moyes…
In recent weeks, Lanzini has arguably shown that he still has a place in Moyes’ squad despite barely featuring in an attacking role in recent months. His deeper position in midfield against Burnley highlighted how he is still a versatile asset for West Ham.
Alas, he is now likely to miss the rest of the campaign, which comes as a slight blow for the Irons as their excellent season falters in the closing stages.
His wonder goal away to Spurs earlier this season also pointed to a player capable of the extraordinary from time to time, and if West Ham are to keep their European dream alive, they could have done with the Argentine being available to help his team get over the line.
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