West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was injured in the warm-up for the win over West Brom last night.
The Hammers were gearing up for kick-off at the Hawthorns when Fabianski was pictured by Sky Sports TV cameras on the floor being treated by the West Ham medical team.
Darren Randolph was drafted in between the sticks last minute. And it showed as he failed to deal with an in-swinging corner which put the Baggies 1-0 up.
Fabianski suffered knee injury in warm-up before West Brom win
The Republic of Ireland ‘keeper looked suspect from crosses and corners all night. But he did make two crucial point-blank saves which gave West Ham the platform to go on and win the game.
West Ham now face Southampton in the season finale on Sunday knowing a point will be enough to secure Europa League football.
But it looks as though they will have to do it without Fabianski.
That’s if updates from West Ham boss David Moyes and insiders Claret and Hugh are anything to go by.
Moyes and insider deliver Fabianski injury update
Speaking to the press after the game, Moyes said the injury was a blow.
“He felt his knee, it is something to do with his knee but I don’t know if it is bad or too bad but obviously, it is a blow for us,” Moyes said in his post match presser (Football London).
And reporting last night, Claret and Hugh said Fabianski will miss the last game of the season against Southampton.
“Details are scarce at the moment but we understand that it’s a knee injury and that he is also likely to miss the game against Saints at the London Stadium on Sunday,” Claret and Hugh report.
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“Whether it will affect his build up to the Euros remains to be seen but we have been told that right now he’s finding it impossible to kick a ball.”
It will come as no real surprise to West Ham fans that Fabianski will miss the Saints match given the quick turnaround.
What will concern Hammers fans, though, is that this is the third time this season their number one has been injured.
Many West Ham supporters feel the club needs to invest in a new goalkeeper in the summer, particularly with the extra European matches.