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Soucek set to return for West Ham ahead of Liverpool clash

West Ham manager David Moyes has been handed a huge injury boost ahead of their clash with Liverpool this evening.

Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek has seemingly declared himself fit to play on social media following his accident against Southampton in the week, when he suffered a deep cut just above his left eye.

There were initial concerns that he wouldn’t be available, after Moyes said in the pre-match press conference: “We’ve got a concern over Tomas because of the stitches in his head. That’s something we’re concerned about.”

However, the 27-year-old – who signed permanently for £14.58m at the London Stadium in 2020, following a loan spell from Slavia Prague – tweeted a picture of him back in the gym at Rush Green with his war-wound, accompanied with the caption: “More scars in my selection… I feel ready to fight again, that’s no fear for me!”

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Huge boost for West Ham

Soucek’s Twitter post will come as a relief to West Ham fans, who may well be worried about the damage Liverpool could do to them even with him playing, let alone without their midfield bruiser, who is the squad’s third-best performer in the current campaign according to WhoScored.

Despite not having the same impact in front of goal as last season when he netted ten times, Soucek is still in the top 5% of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for non-penalty expected goals per 90 minutes (0.18). He is also in the top 8% for touches in the attacking penalty area per 90 with 2.83.

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However, it is arguably the 27-year-old’s defensive contributions which have been most impressive this term, as he ranks in the top 1% for both clearances per 90 (3.48) and aerials won per 90 with an impressive 4.84.

The threat that Soucek offers going forward cannot be replicated by either Mark Noble or Alex Kral, who would be the likely candidates to replace him in midfield. The £40.5m-rated Czech star also offers far more on defence than that duo, so to potentially have him back for such an important game against high-flying Liverpool would be a huge boost for Moyes and the Irons.

In other news: West Ham must axe £10.8m-rated man by unleashing £60k-p/w ace who left Moyes “furious”

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