West Ham United have received a triple injury boost ahead of their upcoming meeting with Manchester City at the London Stadium.
The Hammers put their Europa League semi-final exit to the back of their minds as they crushed Norwich City 4-0 at Carrow Road on Sunday but David Moyes was forced into three changes during the game.
Goalscorer Michail Antonio was withdrawn at half-time while Mark Noble replaced one of only two fit centre-backs Craig Dawson before Said Benrahma who bagged a first-half brace was taken off with 76 minutes gone.
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The east Londoners are currently seventh in the table and occupying the Europa Conference League place but could pip Manchester United to sixth and a spot in the Europa League however, the task of beating title-chasing Manchester City won’t be a straightforward one.
Although injury expert and Sky Sports contributor Ben Dinnery does expect the replaced trio to take part this Sunday.
Speaking on the Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel he said:
(8:16)”All three substitutions at Carrow Road were enforced. The first one Michail Antonio, that was a hip issue. We’ve seen Craig Dawson go off with a calf problem and also Said Benrahma and that was an ankle issue. Now, thankfully, none of those appear to be too serious. David Moyes said all three players would be checked, but again, like I say, I don’t think any of those are any major worries.”
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You would suspect that the Irons won’t want what has been such a memorable campaign to fizzle out but after their Europa League exit at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt and just one league win in their last five games, Europe’s third-tier competition seems like their only route onto the continent.
They trail United by three points but do have a game in hand with their final game coming at the high-flying Brighton so it would seem naive to suggest that they can improve on their current position of seventh.
With Wolves five points further back in eighth and still with the top two left to play you could assume that the Hammers position is secure and that after a long season with 54 fixtures perhaps some of the players are already on the beach and the injured trio won’t want to exert themselves in danger of causing any long-term damage with little to play for.