Wednesday, December 9

Lanzini and Moses crocked

Will the last fit player left at Chadwell Heath please turn out the lights? More bad news from the treatment room: Manuel Lanzini is out for six weeks with a thigh injury sustained in training and Victor Moses, who pulled up in the first half at at Old Trafford, could be out for a similar spell. So West Ham now have Payet, Sakho, Lanzini and Moses out, though slightly better news is that Enner Valencia might be in contention for Saturday's match with Stoke.

Still, it's a big opportunity for the likes of Carroll, Song, Zarate, Antonio, Jelavic and Obiang to come in and perform. What is clear is that without Payet and Lanzini we'll lack our main sources of creativity and might have to grind out more results with set-pieces and hopefully some headers from Andy Carroll.

But at least the defence is fit and another possible formation to counter our lack of attackers might be five at the back with Reid, Ogbonna and Tomkins in the middle and Jenkinson and Cresswell as wing-backs. It's a big test of the squad against Stoke now and the important thing is Bilic doesn't allow the team to use the injuries as an excuse for easing up.


Mick Hughes said...

We have have to understand injuries in this game happens so focus on what we have in my opinion Zarate is now our diamond in the rough also bring in the other new buys and let them prove their worth,we must allow these players to have the time to heal because everyone knows it is the last quarter of the season is when things really start to take shape

Pete May said...

Yes, a lot now depends on Zarate. And as you say, having Payet, Sakho and Lanzini back for the business end of the season should be a big boost. just need to get trough next two months.

mj said...

And can we add Winston to the list? Surely this many out within such a short period is unusual?

Pete May said...

You do wonder about the training… and if Moses should have been rested as he is very injury prone.