David Moyes has landed a potential boost, with West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell optimistic that his hamstring injury sustained against Leicester City is not a serious issue.
That’s according to Irons insider ExWHUemployee, who has noted on The West Ham Way podcast that the 30-year-old was due for scans on Monday to reveal the full extent of the blow.
Cresswell was forced off shortly into the second half of the Hammers’ 3-2 win over the Foxes on Sunday as he earned his 31st start of the Premier League season.
Moyes had not been without the left-back for a single minute of West Ham’s surprise challenge for Champions League qualification before the Leicester game, which also saw the London Stadium natives lose captain Mark Noble to an elbow injury.
The pair joined a growing injury list already featuring Declan Rice (knee), Angelo Ogbonna (ankle), Manuel Lanzini (knock), Darren Randolph (thigh) and Andriy Yarmolenko (knee), but ExWHUemployee believes that some of those may return for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle United.
“Hopefully Ogbonna, Yarmolenko, Randolph and Lanzini will all be in contention for a place against Newcastle,” he said.
“It might come a little bit too early for Yarmolenko, but certainly Ogbonna and Lanzini were very close to being on the bench [against Leicester]. It gives us options when they’re available definitely, so that will help.
“Cresswell obviously felt his hamstring. He’s had issues with his hamstring before [yet] Cresswell is optimistic that it’s not too serious. But he’ll have a scan to find out how serious it is.”
It obviously remains to be seen if Cresswell will be ruled out of West Ham’s clash with Steve Bruce’s relegation-threatened Newcastle on Saturday, but the left-back’s optimism over the severity of his issue will come as a huge boost for Moyes.
The former Ipswich man has been a vital part of Moyes’ system this season, so the Hammers boss will be desperate to see the Englishman miss as little game-time as possible if the Irons are to fulfil their challenge for Champions League or Europa League qualification.
Moyes lauded the 31-year-old as being “invaluable” earlier in the campaign, such has been his impact on West Ham’s performances, having delivered consistently all term and stepped up his creativity. No Irons player has registered more assists across all competitions this term than Cresswell, who has been credited with creating seven goals (all in the Premier League) thus far.
He has further carved out the most goalscoring opportunities for Moyes’ squad per league game with 1.4 key passes on average, helped heavily from being the Irons’ most productive player out wide with 1.5 accurate crosses and 1.6 accurate free-kicks, per WhoScored.
Arthur Masuaku may have returned from knee surgery to feature against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester last week, but Moyes will be desperate for Cresswell to come back given his importance to the team.