West Ham have a huge clash at home this evening at the London Stadium as they take on Lyon in the first leg of the Europe League quarter finals, and David Moyes will be thrilled as the squad has been given a huge boost ahead of the clash.
The Irons boss took to his pre-match press conference to reveal a huge boost for the West Ham side, as Ben Johnson is expected to be available for selection following a return to training.
Moyes told the press:
“Ben Johnson’s trained so I’m hoping he’ll be okay.”
There is no doubt supporters will be thrilled to have Johnson back in the side after he was surprisingly absent in the victory over Everton last weekend, with Moyes confirming that the defender had felt something in his hamstring during a training session with the England U21’s over the international break.
The 22-year-old has played a key role in West Ham’s success this season with 27 appearances across all competitions, including four out of the eight Europa League games so far. The right-back was involved in all 120 minutes of the huge comeback victory against Sevilla so it wouldn’t be surprising if Moyes is keen to have him involved in tonight’s game too.
In the Premier League, Johnson has been involved in ten of the 15 victories that West Ham have tallied up this season, and has proven to be a huge force for the Hammers defensively, averaging 1.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game, whilst being successful in the majority of his duels (53%) and dribbles (67%) according to SofaScore.
Despite reports this week that Johnson would be doubtful for the European clash, it will surely be a huge relief for both supporters and the manager that he is back in training and should be available for selection in the crucial tie against Lyon tonight.
West Ham must do everything they can to take full advantage of being at home in the first leg and set a precedent ahead of going into the difficult second leg away from home that will ultimately be the decider for their progress in the competition.