The Hammers are going through a rough patch despite changing their manager mid-way throughout the season. Since Moyes took over in November, West Ham have had trouble being consistent and left fans somewhat disappointed due to the negative balance style of play up until now.
They’ve lost 8 games, won just 6 and ended another 6 in a draw. To be fair though, it would be difficult for any manager to deal with so many important absences caused by injuries and also deal with losing players to direct relegation adversaries (Andre Ayew left for Swansea).
Even so, solutions need to be found and applied soon as there are just 3 points separating West Ham from the relegation zone. Unfortunately, it will not be easy given the current injury situation which places the Hammers third in the dreadful “most injured players” PL top. Moyes now has to figure out how to win the next fixture against Burnley without the following players:
Edimilson Fernandes – Ankle Injury – out since December 10th. Quite the important absence. His return date is not yet set.
Pedro Obiang – Knee Ligament Injury – Out since the 27th of January. Will be out until July.
Andy Carroll – Fractured Foot – out since January 4th. Will return in the 2nd part of April if everything goes as planned.
Sam Byram – Ankle Injury – out since the beginning of March. No return date set for the 24-year-old.
Winston Reid – Knock – out since the 3rd of March. He will not be available against Burnley as there is no return date set for him.
James Collins – Hamstring Bruise – out since March 1st. He is expected to be available until the 10th. Not certain he will be in the starting line-up.
Angelo Ogbonna – Illness – out since the beginning of March. He will be available on match day which is extremely good news. He’s been one of the team’s most important players and he will definitely bring a confidence boost to the starting eleven.
Burnley are not as affected by injuries as they will only have 3 players unavailable by game day. Currently their injury list includes:
Robert Brady – Knee Injury – out since December 2nd for the long-term sadly.
Steven Defour – Knee Cartilage Injury – out since January 20th. He will not be featured in the West Ham game as he has no return date set.
Scott Arfield – Calf Problem – Out since February 15th. He might be available on the 10th but his full recovery is still in doubt.
Tom Heaton – Dislocated Shoulder – Out since September 2017. He will be available on game day but he is unlikely to play.
Jonathan Walters – Knee Injury – out since January. He is expected to return sometime in the end of March so he will not be available against West Ham.
Despite being in clear disadvantage when it comes to injuries, West Ham should look forward to this game. Burnley have won just a single game out of their last dozen fixtures and are not in a great place. Moyes should try and take advantage of the poor form Burnley have shown especially in away games where they haven’t secured a victory in 8 games. Hopefully, the Hammers will grab all the 3 points and pull away from the relegation zone as there are lot tougher games ahead.