West Ham United take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend looking to build on the momentum gained from beating Leicester City, but David Moyes should not have any concerns with one potential selection dilemma.
The Irons boss was without defender Ryan Fredericks for the Foxes affair after the right-back sustained a hamstring injury in his side’s prior Premier League fixture at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which forced the 28-year-old off early in the second-half.
Hammers fans went on to see their side beat Wolves 4-0 and Leicester 3-0 as they kept their first clean sheets of the top-flight campaign, and will aim to make it three in a row this Sunday against Tottenham who are unbeaten since an opening day loss to Everton.
Moyes will likely be back in the dugout at Spurs, too, following his run of watching the east London outfit’s last four games from home after testing positive for coronavirus, but does not need to see that Fredericks joins him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It is expected that Fredericks will be fit to face Tottenham this weekend, with football.london anticipating Sunday’s fixture as the earliest date for his recovery.
West Ham had confirmed that Fredericks only sustained a low-grade muscle injury to his left hamstring against Wolves, and that the club were hopeful the issue would clear over the international break so that he can face Spurs after scans confirmed their initial prognosis.
“Should everything go to plan, we hope Ryan will be available for selection again after the October international break,” Head of Medical Richard Collinge told West Ham’s official website.
Fredericks had started West Ham’s opening three games of the Premier League season and provided the assist for Michail Antonio’s initial equaliser in defeat to Arsenal, while sitting out each of the Irons’ Carabao Cup ties.
Moyes called on £5.4million summer signing Vladimir Coufal to start in place of Fredericks against Leicester, despite only welcoming the Czech Republic international to east London just days before.
The 28-year-old’s limited time with his new teammates failed to prevent Coufal from thriving at the King Power Stadium, where he recorded two key balls from 15 accurate passes – including one cross – alongside three clearances, three interceptions, three tackles and six duels won from nine contests, per SofaScore.
His performance left a positive impression on his new boss, with Moyes telling West Ham’s official website after the match: “I thought Vladimir was brilliant.
“I don’t think he disappointed anybody on his debut, that was for sure.”
Coufal’s display and Moyes’ remarks should ensure the Irons boss is relaxed over starting the former Slavia Prague ace at Tottenham, rather than rushing Fredericks back into the starting XI at the first potential opportunity and risk aggravating his hamstring injury.