West Ham United have received an encouraging injury update ahead of their return to Premier League action today…
David Moyes has been without the services of several players in recent weeks, notably first-choice right-back Vladimir Coufal, his backup Ryan Fredericks and summer loan signing Alex Kral.
However, it appears that all three are back in contention as the Irons head to the Midlands to face Aston Villa this afternoon.
Speaking in his pre-game press conference, via the club’s official website, the Scotsman commented on the situation.
“In the main, we’re getting better,” he said.
“Vladimir Coufal, who had been out previously, got some minutes [against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday].
“Ryan Fredericks is making progress after having a couple of injuries.
“Alex Kral has returned after isolating, so we’re pretty good at the moment, I’ve got to say. We’re in a good place.”
The Hammers will be looking to make it five successive wins across all competitions when they head to Villa Park today, so to have these three players available is certainly a massive boost to their chances of success.
Following the international break, Moyes’ men defeated his former club, Everton 1-0, before sealing another three points against local rivals Spurs by the same scoreline. They also picked up another impressive win in Europe over Genk and knocked trophy holders City out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.
A win today could see West Ham move level on points with the Premier League champions, who currently occupy third place, having been defeated by Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 58-year-old now has an interesting call to make at right-back as Ben Johnson has deputised ever so well, keeping a clean sheet in every appearance this season.
But at the end of the day, Coufal remains his star man and a crucial player in both defensive and attacking transitions – only Aaron Cresswell provided more assists in the league last term.
Kral, on the other hand, was signed with a view to a permanent move and will provide crucial backup to the industrious engine room of Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice – an injury to either could see his game time increase tenfold, so to have him back involved is certainly a positive.
Overall, this latest update should leave Moyes absolutely delighted heading into kickoff as he practically has a fully-fit squad available at his disposal, meaning their chances of picking up another win are bolstered even more.