Arthur Masuaku’s season appears to be over, handing West Ham further injury troubles…
The 27-year-old left-back has played only two matches since picking up a knee injury back in December and now the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee has delivered a worrying update on his progress.
Speaking on a recent episode of ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast, he said:
“Masuaku, as I said last week, he played a couple of games for us after a knee operation and I think he may have been rushed back too soon because his knee has fluid around it and it has had to be drained off.
“He hasn’t trained as far as I know this week, so he may not play again this season. I don’t know for certain, I’m guessing a bit on that one. But he may be out for the rest of the season.”
The Hammers have players piling up on the treatment table and these fresh developments aren’t getting any better for David Moyes and their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio have all faced time on the sideline in recent months and West Ham’s form has slipped.
It’s three defeats in their last four matches, which has seen them move out of top-four contention and into fifth place heading into the final three games of the season, all of which are winnable ties against teams with very little to play for.
Brighton and Southampton are safe, whilst West Brom were relegated back to the Championship on Sunday evening.
Not having Masuaku available comes as yet another huge blow, especially as it was initially hoped he would return before the season’s conclusion.
Despite only playing 12 times in the Premier League this season, the DR Congo international was a regular starter for Moyes, often playing at left wing-back, which allowed Cresswell to act as a third centre-back and when the pair have been out, the 58-year-old has had some tricky selection nightmares to contend with.
Masuaku ranks amongst the Irons’ top six performers for the season, with an average WhoScored rating of 6.89, so to not see him again this season would be a crushing setback.