The Hammers got a well-deserved move up the Premier League standings with the massive help of Andy Carroll who bagged a late, late winner against Alan Pardew’s West Brom.
The win was a must for David Moyes’ team which is now 1 point above the relegation zone and 5 points ahead of West Brom.
Unfortunately, all this came with a price as injury count grew from 5 to 7 right before the massive Tottenham clash on Thursday night.
Moyes needs to find a way to get through this week which ends with the FA Cup game against Shrewsbury on Sunday which should be important for this season however Moyes has already said he will be doing an “Allardyce” and prioritising the League. Games will drop then to one per week which will give West Ham players time to properly recover from the hectic Christmas schedule.
Until then, here is what the injury list looks like:
• José Fonte – Malleolar injury – out since late October, Fonte is still out and has no exact return date set. He will not play against Tottenham and is rumored to return in early February.
• Edimilson Fernandes – Ankle injury – continues to struggle with ankle problems. He is not to be rushed into action as this 2nd ankle injury in under half a year is probably the result of returning to the game earlier than he should have.
• Diafra Sakho – Knee injury and possible back problems – he was on the bench twice in December and despite scoring against Stoke a couple of weeks back, was not included in the squad against WBA. He will not be playing against Tottenham as he is out indefinitely.
• James Collins – Muscle injury – he’s been struggling with injuries all season. After finally recovering from an ankle issue he is now dealing with his second muscle problem in under 2 months. He is unlikely to play against Tottenham.
• Sam Byram – Thigh muscle strain – is expected to return in 10 days or so. It is his 3rd muscle related injury in the last 3 years. He was on the bench for 200 days and missed close to 40 games which is a lot for a 24-year-old.
• Michail Antonio – Calf problem – his 2nd in under 10 days. Previously, his return date was set for the 7th of January. There’s a very small chance of seeing him play against Spurs.
• Aaron Cresswell – unknown injury – The 28-year-old left-back lasted 76 minutes on the pitch before being subbed by Moyes. It`s unlikely to see him play against Spurs which is a pity as he was the player with the most successful crosses delivered to Andy Carroll.
Tottenham will not be able to use 4 key players which could help give West Ham a bit of an edge:
• Mousa Dembélé – Hip Injury – was not included in the game against Swansea and has no return date scheduled. It’s unlikely to see him play on Thursday.
• Danny Rose – Knee injury – not in the squad either for the win against the Swans. His return date is unknown. He has been out since Christmas.
• Toby Alderweireld – Hamstring injury – out since November, he is expected to return in February if things go well
With the proper tactics, West Ham could take advantage of the fact that Tottenham are missing 2 of their 1st choice defenders. Dembele is also a player who would have influenced the game a lot.
David Moyes will be hoping to continue his team’s rise up the table and will be looking for at least a point from their trip to face Pochettino’s side at Wembley. It will not be easy but given their play against the top sides lately the Hammers should have a good level of confidence.