Ben Dinnery has claimed that Craig Dawson is not too far away from a return to action for West Ham United.
West Ham have had a bit of a defensive crisis so far at the start of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign, with new signing Nayef Aguerd, Angelo Ogbonna, and Dawson all missing the opening fixtures meaning that Ben Johnson has had to fill in at centre back.
Dawson was a mainstay in the heart of the West Ham defence last season after he made 34 appearances in the top flight, and then a further 10 appearances in the Europa League when he helped his side reach the semi-final of the competition.
It has been far from ideal at the back for David Moyes so far this season, but whilst speaking on the Premier FPL Injuries YouTube channel, Dinnery claimed that Dawson is not too far away from a return to action.
“West Ham, they played in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night. They welcomed back Angelo Ogbonna – a little bit sooner than expected. David Moyes said with the problems at centre-back, you know, we decided to throw him in and get that bit of match practice, that bit of fitness.”
“Craig Dawson isn’t too far away,” Dinnery said.
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The Hammers have had a poor start to the season, after losing in both of their opening fixtures, albeit one was against the Premier League champions Manchester City. But the other was against newly promoted Nottingham Forest, so Moyes will be hoping that the injured men can make a difference in their return.
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With Dawson playing such a key role in the heart of the defence last season, he offers a great experience as he has notched 238 Premier League games, so he might be put straight back into the side when fit, in hope that he can bring some defensive stability back to the side.
Although the issues lay at the back for Moyes, his side has failed to score a goal in the opening two fixtures of the season, so even though getting Dawson back would be huge for the Scottish manager, he might also be concerned as to where his goals are going to come from.