Aaron Cresswell has been out injured for West Ham since slamming his back into the post against Manchester City at the end of last month and Claret and Hugh’s latest update is a very big blow.
At the time, it was suggested that the injury wasn’t too serious.
Cresswell was expected to miss one or perhaps two games for the Hammers before returning to the side.
The 32-year-old is still yet to return to action, however.
David Moyes admitted on Wednesday night that he is still none the wiser as to when Cresswell will return to the team (Football.London).
Aaron Cresswell update a big blow for West Ham
Hammers insiders Claret and Hugh provided an update on the left-back yesterday, and it sounded extremely worrying.
C&H suggest that the 32-year-old is not expected to return during the busy Christmas schedule.
The high-level West Ham insiders claim that the source of the problem is a chipped bone in Cresswell’s back which could take several weeks to heal. In fact, the diagnosis is suggested to be about 6-12 weeks out.
That is a truly devastating blow for the Hammers. The longer it takes for Cresswell to heal, the more worrying the injury will become. It seemed fairly innocuous at the time. That obviously was not the case though.
Let’s hope that it’s only six weeks, because Cresswell sustained the injury four weeks ago on Sunday.
West Ham have really missed the Liverpool-born left-back during his absence, not only from a defensive perspective but in the final third as well.
His exceptional delivery from set-pieces cannot be replicated by anyone else at the club. Also, his ability to pick out a pass from the left-back position and his coolness and composure in possession has been sorely missed.
The last month has highlighted the need for David Moyes to sign a top-class left-back to compete with and eventually take over from Cresswell.
For now though, we just need the 32-year-old back playing as soon as possible.
Judging by Claret and Hugh’s latest update though, that may well be some time away. Hopefully West Ham find a way to muddle on through without Cress in the meantime. The worrying thing is that Arthur Masuaku just isn’t good enough to deputise for the 32-year-old.
Moyes might just have to act in the January transfer window if we are to enjoy a successful second-half of the season.