West Ham are suffering from a number of injuries ahead of the clash with the Blades tomorrow.
David Moyes is looking to make it three wins from three at Bramall Lane. An impressive win over Bournemouth was followed by a 2-0 success in the FA Cup at Gillingham.
However, those wins have come at a cost, with Ryan Fredericks joining three other names on the sidelines. And, speaking ahead of the game with the Blades, Moyes has admitted he will be without the quartet this weekend.
“Ryan Fredericks is out for between four to six weeks, although he doesn’t think he’ll be as long as that, so I hope he’s right,” Moyes said (Official website).
“Michail Antonio is still feeling his hamstring and isn’t quite ready. While Andriy Yarmolenko has had an injection in his thigh so hopefully, he won’t be out for too long. Jack Wilshere has been outside and is working towards coming back, but there’s no exact date yet”.
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The injuries will be a bitter blow for Moyes. The former Man United manager is hoping to see his Hammers side climb the table in the coming weeks after replacing Manuel Pellegrini.
Blow for Hammers but boost for Blades
While the injuries are bad news for West Ham, it opens a door for Sheffield United.
Yarmolenko, in particular, was a threat the last time the two clubs met. Similarly, Michail Antonio possesses lightning pace and will have been keen to do well given his Sheffield Wednesday links.
Fredericks, on the other hand, is an interesting one. Pablo Zabaleta is likely to step in for the former Fulham man. That could mean Sheffield United fancy their chances down the left, something we covered yesterday.
It’s all set, then, to be a closely fought encounter between the Blades and the Hammers tomorrow evening.