A BBC commentator has made a dreaded Jarrod Bowen claim after what he saw leaving Anfield following West Ham’s defeat to Liverpool.
West Ham were beaten 1-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s title challengers at Anfield. But goodness only knows how.
The Hammers created more chances than any other side away at Liverpool during Klopp’s entire tenure.
But after conceding a somewhat scrappy goal in the first half, West Ham spurned a host of golden chances to get something out of the game and enhance their chances of a European spot.
Pablo Fornals, Nikola Vlasic, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and – most sickeningly – Manuel Lanzini all wasted chances to score.
West Ham can take great heart from the performance, particularly given they were without talisman Declan Rice.
But it may have come at a heavy price for West Ham and manager David Moyes.
Jarrod Bowen was forced off with a sore looking injury.
Moyes said in his post match comments that Bowen had injured his heel but was unsure how serious the knock was.
“I was hoping it would not be too bad but what i did not like was he came off unable to bear weight so we will get him scanned and see what it is,” Moyes said (Football.London).
“For me, look I am not a physio but it is not an obvious looking injury to me at the moment, it looks as if he has been caught near the Achilles.”
West Ham fans are now anxiously awaiting an official update on Bowen’s injury ahead of the huge Europa League last 16 first leg at Sevilla on Thursday evening.
Hammers supporters will be hoping Moyes’s initial instincts – that it is not an obvious looking injury – prove correct.
But BBC Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson made a dreaded Bowen claim after what he saw leaving Anfield following West Ham’s defeat.
BBC man makes dreaded Jarrod Bowen claim after what he saw leaving Anfield following West Ham defeat
“Jarrod Bowen left Anfield with foot in a medical boot,” Wilson said on Twitter late on Saturday night.
“Looks highly unlikely that he’d play in Seville.”
If true it will be a crushing blow for Bowen and Moyes. Especially ahead of one of West Ham’s biggest matches for decades.
And it is so typical of this club’s rotten luck with injuries over the years.
Yes all clubs get injuries. But it seems every time West Ham are on the verge of potentially achieving something special or have a brilliant player in the form of his life they are struck down.
Even last season West Ham lost Declan Rice to an injury during the run in which ultimately cost them a place in the Champions League as the Hammers missed out by a solitary win.
In the 2015/16 Farewell Boleyn season West Ham drew a league highest 14 matches and finished just four points shy of Champions League qualification. So imagine what they would have achieved had they not lost talisman Dimitri Payet to an ankle injury for two months.
And don’t even get us started on Dean Ashton.