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David Moyes confirms major triple boost for West Ham in battle for Premier League survival after 21-month wait
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David Moyes confirms major triple boost for West Ham in battle for Premier League survival after 21-month wait

David Moyes has confirmed a major triple boost for West Ham United in the battle for Premier League survival after a 21-month wait.

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The season will resume on June 17 with West Ham back in action on the weekend of June 19.

Moyes has nine games to save West Ham from the dreaded drop.

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Trio of summer 2018 signings available together for first time in 21 months

And now Moyes has lifted the lid on a major triple fitness boost with Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Fredericks all fully fit for the resumption.

Astonishingly it is the first time all three of the injury-prone 2018 summer signings have been fully fit and available together at the same time since September 2018.

Back then, 21 long months ago, Wilshere was injured a month into his West Ham career and has barely featured since.

A month later in the October Yarmolenko suffered an injury which kept him out for the rest of the season. And Fredericks has been missing for long spells in the interim too.

Match fitness would normally be an issue but in this case the trio are in the same boat as every other Premier League player.

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Moyes says enforced break has enabled major fitness boost

And Moyes told the club’s official website that while he did not welcome the enforced break for obvious reasons, it gave the trio the perfect chance to recover ready for the run-in.

“We have had players come back from injury which has boosted us,” the Scot confirmed on whufc.com.

“Ryan Fredericks had a bad shoulder injury before the lockdown which has given him a chance to recover. Andriy Yarmolenko had an injury and he wasn’t quite ready to play, so this has given him a great chance to get back fit.

“Jack Wilshere is another one who has got himself fit and in good condition recently, so we’re seeing signs of it.

“Jack will feel much better in himself for having come through the sessions we’ve put on and he’s needed it, but then others have needed that as well.”

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Hammers will need full squad to navigate nine games in six weeks

Of course further injuries to the Hammers squad are inevitable over the course of what promises to be an intense month and a half.

One relatively minor injury or strain could see a key player miss several crucial matches.

So Moyes will need a full squad and plenty of options if West Ham are to navigate to safety.

To do that the Irons will likely need at least three or four wins.

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