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David Moyes handed big West Ham injury boost this week

David Moyes has been handed a big injury boost at West Ham United this week…

What’s the latest?

In recent weeks, the Irons boss has been dealt some cruel blows to his backline, seeing the likes of Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma ruled out for most, if not all, of the remainder of the season.

He also saw young versatile academy graduate Ben Johnson hampered by a knock during the win over Chelsea, where the Frenchman also picked up a serious problem.

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However, according to club insiders Claret and Hugh, the 21-year-old full-back has returned to training ahead of their two Premier League matches this week.

The Hammers face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening before hosting basement boys Norwich City on Saturday afternoon. It’s thought that he will be available for the latter encounter.

Big boost

This will serve as a massive, massive boost to the Scot as it means he will get one of defensive regulars back, perhaps earlier than expected. He, along with Ogbonna, Zouma and Aaron Cresswell missed the draw to Burnley at the weekend, meaning Moyes was without his ‘best’ back four.

To have three of the four out for a substantial amount of time would seriously dent their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, or at worst the Europa League.

So, it’s easy to see why the 58-year-old would be delighted by this latest development.

As per WhoScored, Johnson has been one of the Hammers’ most consistent performers, averaging a rating of 6.87 per match. He ranks second for tackles (2.1 per game) and interceptions (1.4 per game), whilst fellow insider ExWHUemployee dubbed him “sensational” back in October.

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His importance to the side was recently emphasised by Moyes, who waxed lyrical about his presence only last month.

“He’s a bit of utility player for us, he’s been here for a while. He’s a really important player for us. In the squad and the group he’s really important,” he said (via football.london). “Quite often we’ve brought him on and used him in different roles and he’s had a chance to have some games under his belt, he’s not let us down and scored a good goal in midweek.”

If he’s back involved this weekend, then the Irons boss will be getting a major squad boost heading into kickoff, and that should leave many around the London Stadium absolutely buzzing.

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