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West Ham dealt double injury blow ahead of Southampton clash

West Ham United have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of this evening’s FA Cup fixture.

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That’s according to a claim made by Claret & Hugh, with the club insider revealing that both Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku will remain sidelined for the Southampton fixture, as the duo are yet to recover from a groin strain and a knee injury respectively.

In their update, Claret & Hugh said: “David Moyes has no issues other than the Ryan Fredericks problem, Andriy Yarmolenko’s serious Ukraine difficulties, Arthur Masuaku’s knee problem and of course Angelo Ogbonna’s absence.”

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Moyes will be gutted

While neither Fredericks nor Masuaku are first-team regulars under Moyes, with the Hammers facing a daunting run of six games in the space of 19 days in March, the fact that the full-back duo are once again unavailable for selection is sure to have left the 58-year-old gutted.

Indeed, with West Ham well in the race for a top-four finish in the league this season, as well as facing a testing trip to Sevilla in the Europa League round of 16 next week, the Southampton fixture appears to be a fantastic opportunity for the Scot to rotate his starting XI – handing his fringe players some first-team minutes, while also affording his more regular starters a much-needed rest.

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However, with Fredericks and Masuaku remaining sidelined, this more than likely means that Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell will once again be required to start the cup clash – thus running the risk of burning out the club’s number 1 full-back pair, a circumstance that Moyes would undoubtedly be hoping to avoid.

In other news: Moyes must finally unleash 18 y/o WHU sensation tonight, he’s “beginning to stand out”

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