Insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that West Ham United centre-back Craig Dawson is still struggling with an injury.
No doubt, fans will be keen to see Dawson back in the team as soon as possible, with right-back Ben Johnson having to play in the middle of defence in his place.
He explained: “Dawson’s had a sort of thigh/hip injury – thigh injury, mainly. And he is still not completely match-fit.
“He almost certainly won’t play on Thursday, but he’s probably not going to make the Brighton game, either.”
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West Ham will face Danish side Viborg FF in the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round on Thursday before hosting the Seagulls in the league, but it seems as though Dawson won’t be fit for either game.
This will come as a big blow to the club who are desperately short of defensive options, with Nayef Aguerd and Angelo Ogbonna also out at the moment.
However, in better news, the club have since signed Paris Saint-Germain’s Thilo Kehrer, so he could come in and potentially provide some more depth until Dawson’s injury issues ease up.
At the very least, if that transfer does fall through for any reason, it does sound as though the Englishman is nearing a return – even if he isn’t quite ready to return for the next couple of fixtures.