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David Moyes dealt triple West Ham blow as injuries pile up

David Moyes has an injury nightmare mounting up at West Ham United as he heads into tonight’s Europa League clash with Dinamo Zagreb…

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The Irons boss was already without first-choice centre-back Angelo Ogbonna after he was ruled out for the remainder of the season and then during Sunday’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League, he lost Kurt Zouma to a long-term injury, as well as Ben Johnson.

And now, ahead of this evening’s meeting at the London Stadium, Moyes is likely to be without a further three first-team stars in Ogbonna’s replacement, Craig Dawson, left-back Aaron Cresswell and versatile defender Ryan Fredericks.

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The latter two missed training on Wednesday, so that puts their chances of featuring in serious doubt, particularly Cresswell who has been absent since his early withdrawal against Manchester City nearly two weeks ago.

Whilst it’s believed Dawson will not be risked after picking up a knock on Sunday, too.

Injury crisis

This will surely leave Moyes worried, if not raging with anger, as he seemingly cannot catch a break with injuries at the minute. It’s even more troubling that the majority of these are in his backline, meaning we could see a very different looking defence tonight.

As such, Issa Diop is the only recognised senior centre-back available, whilst Arthur Masuaku and Vladimir Coufal are the remaining full-backs, so we could see all three handed a rare opportunity.

Academy prospects Jamal Baptiste, Harrison Ashby, Manny Longelo and Aji Alese are all in contention to be involved, having been called up to training this week.

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Fortunately for Moyes, his Hammers side have already advanced into the knockout stages of the competition, so tonight’s clash is somewhat a dead rubber affair.

However, there is still an unbeaten record to uphold, whilst these injuries are likely to linger heading into the weekend, where West Ham head to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Sunday, and these updates are surely enough to keep the 58-year-old up at night with concern.

To be without six first-team defenders heading into a busy festive period has to be a devastating blow to the Scotsman, regardless of the fixture tonight.

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