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West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini may be in trouble

Andriy Yarmolenko should be available for West Ham United’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on March 20, as suggested by Claret & Hugh.

What’s the story?

The 30-year-old has missed 11 Premier League matches after suffering from a tear in the abductor muscle against Southampton.

However, after the games against Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, there is the possibility that he will be available to be selected by David Moyes.

He is said to already be back in training and could make his mark during a vital time period for the Hammers, as they bid to maintain their Premier League status past the current campaign.

This also provides him with a chance to show Moyes that he deserves to stay at the club, as the winger has been touted as somebody who could potentially depart during the summer transfer window.

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Trouble for Lanzini

While having Yarmolenko back can be a boost for him, Moyes and the club, this injury news could spell trouble for Manuel Lanzini.

The Argentinian has been poor since retuning from a shoulder injury, failing to record a single goal or assist in eight appearances.

This poor form, as well as attacking players returning from injury and Jarrod Bowen joining the club, has seen the 27-year-old drop to the bench for the last three games.

Who is the better option?

Yarmolenko

Yarmolenko

Lanzini

Lanzini

During the 3-1 win over Southampton, Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass joined him as attacking options on the bench, and it was that pair who was called upon to enter the field of the play, indicating that Lanzini is below them in the pecking order.

Therefore, unless Lanzini turns things around quickly, if Yarmolenko is available, then it could be the Argentinian’s spot on the bench that he is vying to take.

The fact the Ukrainian has three goals and an assist from 15 Premier League appearances this season indicates that it may be worth giving him a go, so Lanzini could find himself struggling to even get a place on the bench.

Meanwhile, West Ham fans have been underwhelmed by another injury update.

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