Manuel Lanzini is expected to miss West Ham’s final two games of the 2020/21 campaign, handing David Moyes yet another crushing injury blow…
The 28-year-old midfielder hobbled off right before half-time during the Irons’ 1-0 defeat to Everton a little over a week ago and did not feature in their draw to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening.
After the match, Moyes revealed that the Argentine may have reaggravated a previous thigh or groin problem, though he did not put a time frame on his recovery.
Now a further update has emerged, with the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee tweeting out fresh information to supporters on Twitter earlier this week.
He claimed that Lanzini would be out for “the rest of the season” in response to a question on his current situation.
West Ham have stunned many, going from surviving relegation last season to the cusp of qualifying for Europe but that achievement has been all that more outstanding considering the thin squad at Moyes’ disposal.
The 58-year-old has suffered recurring injuries all campaign, with it seemingly getting worse since the turn of the year.
Just recently, the Hammers manager has had the likes of Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Angelo Ogbonna and Arthur Masuaku missing from the squad.
Lanzini is far from a regular option like the aforementioned sextet of players but he had covered for both Rice and Noble to great effect in the win over Burnley a few weeks ago.
He may have only started five Premier League outings, playing a total of 24 games in all competitions, but the £9m-rated dynamo is a fine player on his day and his qualities could well be required in their biggest two games in recent times.
The Irons have to win against West Brom on Wednesday and follow that up with another three points against Southampton on the final day to even stand a chance of making Europe.
At one stage, they looked certain for a shock Champions League berth but these recent injuries have taken their toll immensely, leaving Moyes’ squad with three defeats and one draw from their last five outings.
Without Lanzini, the Irons boss is once again left short on options and that’s far from ideal heading into a crucial fixture. He’ll be gutted as it’s another massive blow to their chances of picking up a result.