West Ham United have been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday as Lukasz Fabianski faces a late fitness test.
David Moyes has confirmed the Irons will make a game-day decision on whether or not the Poland international can face Sean Dyche’s Clarets, after missing Fabianski for his last two fixtures across all competitions.
The 35-year-old was withdrawn at the eleventh hour ahead of West Ham’s win at Everton on New Year’s Day and missed the Hammers’ following trip to non-league Stockport County in the FA Cup, but is eyeing a potential return this weekend.
Fabianski had played all 1,440 minutes of West Ham’s Premier League fixtures over the opening 16 games, keeping five clean sheets, with his thigh issue seeing the £2.25m-rated gem miss his first top-flight fixture since recovering from a hip injury last January.
Fabianski is West Ham’s only major injury concern other than long-term absentee Arthur Masuaku ahead of welcoming Burnley to the London Stadium, when a win will move Moyes’ side above rivals Chelsea before their evening showdown with London rivals Fulham.
“We’ve been okay with injuries recently and have only had Lukasz Fabianski and Arthur Masuaku missing,” Moyes said, via quotes by West Ham’s official website.
“We’re waiting on Lukasz to see how he is because we’re not sure yet, and as we know Arthur is probably a couple of months away from being involved again.”
Defender Fabian Balbuena was also absent from West Ham’s FA Cup win on Monday night after self-isolating having come in close contact to a person who tested positive for coronavirus.
Moyes will be sweating over Fabianski’s late fitness test ahead of welcoming Burnley to east London for Saturday’s afternoon kick-off, having seen the 55-cap international excel this season to offer 50 saves over his 16 Premier League appearances – more than Manchester United’s £375,000-per-week David de Gea (30) and Liverpool’s £72m-rated Allison Becker (28), per SofaScore.
Fabianski is not afraid to take command of his penalty area, either, having recorded seven high claims to date and never not claimed an uncontested cross, which could be key at home to a Clarets side who have produced on average 19 deliveries a game this term.
Moyes is also yet to see Fabianski’s stand-in Darren Randolph be tested, as the 33-year-old was only required to make two saves at Everton as West Ham restricted the Toffees to direct just 20 per cent of their shots on target. He also proved wasteful in possession with a mere nine accurate passes helping to a 45% completion rate, per WhoScored.
The Republic of Ireland international was again quiet at Stockport, where the non-league outfit only managed to direct a single effort on target with the Irons’ defensive line standing firm to block three of their five shots.