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West Ham dealt double injury blow in Aston Villa victory

West Ham managed to secure a big victory in the Premier League yesterday with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Pablo Fornals.

This win will have undoubtedly put the Hammers in a good place, raising the players’ confidence ahead of their crucial second-leg clash against Sevilla in the Europa League round of 16, as the east London club will be aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

However, despite picking up three points and staying in touching distance of breaking into the top four, West Ham were dealt an unfortunate injury blow with two of their key players being forced off the pitch against Steven Gerrard’s side.

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With 52 minutes on the clock, Hammers striker Michail Antonio left the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury, just a few minutes before Aaron Cresswell came off with another injury issue.

After the match against the Villans, David Moyes remained tight-lipped on the situation concerning the duo as to not influence what their midweek opponents could do in terms of their set up for Thursday’s clash.

On their current condition, he said: “I don’t really know yet but if I did I would not tell you because I am not going to let Sevilla know any idea whether they’re going to be fit or not.”

Moyes will be fuming

Taking into account how Antonio has been a major part of West Ham’s attacking force this season with ten goals in 34 appearances, it’s safe to say that he would be a big miss for his side if he wasn’t able to play in midweek.

He is the only direct centre-forward at the club and if they were to lose him at such a crucial stage of the season, supporters would surely be enraged by their lack of activity in the January transfer market.

Additionally, Cresswell has shown just how much of an important figure he is for the Hammers, particularly in the Europa League.

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He has three assists in five games and an overall performance rating of 7.2 from WhoScored, making him the second-highest rated player in that competition for the east London club. As a result, Moyes would definitely have been relying on the full-back to play in their next game.

With all of this in mind, the West Ham boss will surely be fuming over the possibility of the duo missing the game against Sevilla through injury given how pivotal they have been for the team in this campaign.

Until their midweek showdown arrives, the best thing to hope for now would be that the two can recover in time and be available to play in what could end up being a very special game for the club as a whole if they manage to make it through to the next stage of the competition.

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