Sport West Ham could be without ‘phenomenal’ ace for Everton as insider shares injury news
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David Moyes will be without West Ham United’s Michail Antonio and Declan Rice against Chelsea, but Jesse Lingard and Aaron Cresswell could be fit.The Hammers fell two goals and a man down at St. James’ Park before mounting a second-half comeback, only to leave Tyneside without a point after Joe Willock headed home in the closing stages.
According to West Ham United insider, defender Angelo Ogbonna has been given just a ’50/50′ chance of being available for their encounter with Everton this weekend.
The Lowdown: Ogbonna missing for Hammers
The Italian has been unavailable since a 1-o loss to Chelsea at the London Stadium nearly two weeks ago and manager David Moyes was forced to cope without his colossal presence at the back yet again during West Ham’s latest victory at Burnley.
Previously, Ogbonna had been missing for eight matches between February 10 and April 12 – unavailable for West Ham selection over 61 days in that time ().
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Upon his return, Moyes received a big boost in terms of defensive options as he seeks to guide the Irons to unprecedented Champions League qualification.
However, it didn’t take long for the 32-year-old to succumb to another injury issue and is now sidelined again.
The Latest: Chance of weekend return ’50/50′
Providing an update, club insider Claret & Hugh have shared news that he only has around a ‘‘ chance of returning for their clash against Everton this weekend.
It is believed he is still recovering from the knock picked up against Chelsea while fellow defender Arthur Masuaku very much remains in the same position.
They note that Ogbonna could arguably be West Ham’s most important potential absentee for the Everton game, especially given alternative option Issa Diop has
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Everton will welcome Michael Keane back into the fold on Saturday after he missed their trip to Arsenal.They still have West Ham and Manchester City to face this season, while a clash with Aston Villa on Saturday evening could also be a tough one.
The Verdict: Would be a big blow
The Toffees’ impending London Stadium visit comes as another stern test as the Irons continue chasing their Champions League dream, and they have had to cope with mounting injury issues over this last month.
As well as Ogbonna and Masuaku, the likes of Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice have recently missed time ().
Antonio and Cresswell both made a welcome return to the side at Turf Moor, meanwhile Rice is expected to return soon ().
Regardless, possibly being without Ogbonna comes as a setback for Moyes and co given he has arguably been their most outstanding centre-back this season alongside Craig Dawson.
Former West Ham defender James Collins seemingly believes that’s the case, branding him ‘phenomenal’ in an interview with theearlier this season.
As a result, Irons supporters will be hoping they have him back either for Everton or as soon as possible thereafter.
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West Ham manager David Moyes will almost certainly prioritise a striker signing in the summer having allowed Sebastien Haller to leave in January. The powerful Ivorian wasn’t replaced in the Hammers squad and subsequent injuries to Michail Antonio have left the Scot bereft of options as a focal point in attack. Links with numerous frontmen have since emerged and the saga looks as though it could rumble on into the opening weeks of the transfer window at least. TalkSPORT pundit and former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy this week has told the station, as cited on Twitter that Southampton ace Danny Ings would be the ‘perfect’ candidate.