David Moyes has confirmed that West Ham United will still be without Manuel Lanzini this evening…
The Irons face former boss Sam Allardyce and his relegated West Brom side in a crucial Premier League encounter towards their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
They know that four points from their final two matches should be enough to see them into either the Europa League or the newly-formed Conference League.
However, the East Londoners will be without the services of the Argentinian midfielder after Moyes delivered a fresh update on his injury situation.
He told reporters in his pre-game press conference, via football.london:
“We still have a problem with Manuel Lanzini, but most of them are okay.”
The 58-year-old has contended with injury problems all campaign but more recently, further issues have caused the Hammers to stumble in their tracks, with several key players facing time on the sidelines.
Stars such as Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio have all missed matches recently, so it is no coincidence that they have won just once in their last five league outings.
It’s hard to get any consistency going when your starting XI is continuously being decimated.
Lanzini is by no means a regular starter under Moyes this season, playing a total of 17 matches in the top-flight, but he made a massive statement with his solid display against Burnley in the absence of the aforementioned England international.
His versatility to play deeper, as well as out wide, and through the middle surely makes him an interesting weapon for Moyes to have at his disposal.
The 28-year-old, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, was withdrawn two minutes before half-time against Everton last week, suggesting that it could be quite a serious injury.
ExWHUemployee has since made his own claims, believing that Lanzini could well miss the final game of the season too, only adding to Moyes’ injury woes.