West Ham have suffered a major blow ahead of their Premier League clash against Southampton amid an injury update on Aaron Cresswell.
The left-back has missed the Hammers’ past four games in the Premier League, and speaking after the Carabao Cup defeat to Spurs in mid-week, David Moyes admitted he is unsure about the defender’s status.
He said: “I don’t know (if Cresswell will be back for Southampton), I can’t give you an answer. We are missing him.”
Those comments were then followed up by a major revelation from Ex, who claimed: “Following Aaron Cresswell’s absence from the Spurs game we decided to try and get an answer to his mystery injury.
“It appears that we have heard similar to what Claret and Hugh have just reported and the diagnosis is a chipped bone in his back and this is causing severe pain.”
Before his injury, Cresswell had started every single Premier League game this season, completing the full 90 minutes, and helped the Hammers lose just four times in their opening 13 contests.
It was no surprise that the left-back’s performances have come in for some big praise, with talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino saying just last month: “Talk about unsung heroes; I think Cresswell has been brilliant for them at left-back this year. I thought as he gets older, his place would be in jeopardy – it’s not.”
That followed on from comments made by Sam Delaney on the U Irons podcast, who said earlier last season: “But, at left centre-back, he’s like a secret weapon, because he’s extremely tidy in defence but, usually, no one is expecting your centre-back to be a threat going forward.
“Cresswell has just been sensational. He’s a shout, surely, with all of those assists, for Hammer of the Season.”
Being without Cresswell for a significant period of time is sure to come as a massive blow for the Hammers and leave Moyes gutted.