West Ham United manager David Moyes will have to do without another ‘threat’ against Aston Villa today as injury news emerges before the teams’ Premier League clash.
The Lowdown: Hammers missing Bowen…
Much has been made of Jarrod Bowen’s injury over the last week after he was forced off in West Ham’s last league clash away to Liverpool.
The Englishman was absent for his side’s meeting against Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday as Moyes’ men succumbed to a 1-0 first leg defeat in Spain. Arguably West Ham’s most potent threat, racking up the most goal contributions domestically (eight goals, eight assists), the Hammers arguably missed his presence at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
The Latest: The Guardian share Fredericks update…
As relayed by their match preview, West Ham must do without the attacking full-back as an option this afternoon, as Fredericks’ return date from a groin injury remains unknown.
Vladimir Coufal, still sidelined from his hernia operation, is also unavailable, leaving defender Ben Johnson as Moyes’ only right-back option.
The Verdict: Setback for Moyes…
Not having Fredericks to call upon in case of emergency comes as a slight worry for West Ham and Moyes given how heavily reliant they are on Johnson right now.
In highlighting Fredericks’ usefulness as an attacking option out wide, journalist Sam Delaney has called the 29-year-old an ‘extra threat‘ on the overlap. Speaking to the press last year, Moyes labelled the defender as a ‘really important’ option, citing his pace as a real outlet which can provide an ‘extra dimension’ for West Ham.
The right-back could have been a solid backup option today, but alas it appears that the Irons will remain without him for the visit of Aston Villa.
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