West Ham United have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their upcoming Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.
That’s according to a report by Football.London, who claim that David Moyes will once again be unable to select Pablo Fornals for the Hammers’ trip to Selhurst Park this afternoon, as the 58-year-old recently revealed that the Spain international missed out on the 4-1 win at Watford on Tuesday due to testing positive for the ongoing viral pandemic.
Speaking about the current state of his squad, Moyes said: “We don’t have any more numbers because it’s something that you can’t really say now, because you’re so worried that it changes every day. Like every other club, we’re completely unsure what’s going to happen daily. At the moment, today’s update would be that we’re pretty clean.”
Considering just how important a part of the West Ham side Fornals has proven to be this season, the news that the 25-year-old will once again be unavailable for selection this weekend as a result of illness is sure to have left Moyes fuming.
Indeed, over his 18 Premier League appearances this term, the £18m-rated attacking midfielder has scored four goals, registered two assists and created four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.3 shots and making 1.2 key passes per game.
These returns have seen the £79k-per-week man average an impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.91, ranking him as the Hammers’ joint 10th-best performer in the top flight of English football so far this season.
As such, it is clear for all to see that it is a case of the sooner Fornals returns the better for Moyes and his West Ham side, however, with the Spaniard once again missing out against Palace this weekend, the 58-year-old will have to make do without the 25-year-old in his bid to secure a winning start to 2022.