David Moyes is hopeful that goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski will be fit to make his return from injury when West Ham United host Leeds United a week on Monday.
The Poland international sat out Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to title-elect Manchester City with an issue in his arm, after being stood on during training late in the week while making a save.
Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph stood-in for the ex-Arsenal and Swansea City shot-stopper at the Etihad Stadium, though he aggravated a prior thigh strain in the defeat.
Randolph’s kicking was impacted by his injury but he remained on the field to play out the full 90 minutes, as he earned only his second Premier League appearance of the campaign so far.
The 33-year-old had returned to the bench at home to Tottenham Hotspur six days prior after missing three weeks with a thigh issue, but Moyes is hopeful that both he and Fabianski will both be fit for selection when Leeds visit the London Stadium on March 8.
“Fabianski was injured today,” Moyes said following the loss to Manchester City on Saturday. “Unfortunately, somebody stood on his arm in training as he made a save.
“It was an accidental collision, and I don’t think it’s too bad.
“Darren Randolph has been out in recent weeks with a bit of a thigh strain. He’s been back in training for a week or two, but I think he felt the effects of his thigh again.
“Thankfully, we got him through to the end of the game. We were ready to make a change, but we found a way for him not to have to take the kicks. Hopefully, he’ll get over it and we’ll also get Lukasz back.”
While Randolph may argue he could have done little to prevent either of Manchester City’s goals on Saturday, the £2m-rated outcast proved he was not the one Moyes’ needs to stand-in for Fabianski on a longer-term basis.
The Citizens only struck three of their 10 shots on target with West Ham blocking five efforts and two missing the mark, per WhoScored, but made those rare chances count to deal the Irons only their second defeat in 12 Premier League games.
Manchester City’s chances were not of a high-calibre, either, with Pep Guardiola’s side only boasting an expected goals score of 0.6 to the Hammers’ 1.6, per FBref.
That is also the Sky Blues’ worst rating during a top-flight fixture all term, taking the benchmark down from the 0.9 recorded in defeat to Leicester City in September and in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last month.
Randolph now has an average of just 0.5 saves from shots taken inside the box per league game this season, as well, while Fabianski stops 1.46 of efforts taken in the penalty area, per SofaScore.
Potentially having Fabianski back fit to face Leeds a week on Monday will be a huge boost for Moyes and West Ham, who will not want to rely on 33-year-old Randolph too often.