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