As shared by the Hammers’ official website, Lyon have been dealt a blow for their clash with West Ham United as both sides gear up for a crunch evening in Europe.
The Lowdown: Big night ahead…
After sensationally knocking out La Liga giants Sevilla, who are also the Europa League’s most successful ever side, some West Ham supporters could be forgiven for dreaming of illustrious silverware or, at the very least, a notable run to the final four.
David Moyes’ men battled to a memorable victory at the London Stadium against their Round of 16 competitors last time out with, perhaps most fittingly, Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko scoring the winner in added time.
West Ham’s 2-1 win on aggregate could be the start of a fairy-tale run with tonight’s clash in east London pivotal.
The Latest: Lyon without key star Caqueret…
Sharing some team news, West Ham relay their competitors will be without a key man in midfielder Caqueret after picking up a knee injury in training last week.
Although, despite early fears of Karl Toko-Ekambi joining Caqueret on the sidelines, their manager Petr Bosz has since confirmed that the former will be available.
The Verdict: Blow for Lyon…
Caqueret has been a real mainstay for the Ligue 1 giants this season with his absence coming as a real blow.
Described as ‘incredible’ by his manager Bosz and ‘crucial’ to Lyon by French media, WhoScored detail that only goalkeeper Anthony Lopes has played more top flight minutes for them than the 22-year-old this season.
In that time, the robust midfield gem has averaged an impressive 1.4 interceptions per 90, the third-most of any Lyon star, whilst also completing the fourth-highest amount of challenges (WhoScored).
Taking this into account, it’s safe to say Bosz may well miss his presence in midfield tonight, where Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek will surely be licking their lips at the weakend Lyon unit.
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