David Moyes has hinted that West Ham United have suffered some injury blows ahead of Sunday’s clash at Everton, saying the latest international break had ‘taken its toll’.
West Ham travel to Goodison Park to face Everton with both sides having made strong starts to the season.
Rafa Benitez – who almost became West Ham manager back in 2015 – has Everton sitting fifth in the Premier League table approaching the quarter-way stage.
West Ham meanwhile are three points behind in ninth and flying high at the top of their Europa League group.
The Hammers have been relatively unscathed by injuries so far this season.
Vladimir Coufal was West Ham’s only doubt for the trip to Everton before the international break.
But with Ryan Fredericks expected to be fit again that was not as big a blow as it might have been.
Moyes hints at West Ham injury blows ahead of Everton
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, though, Moyes has suggested West Ham have suffered new injuries with the latest international break having ‘taken its toll’.
“We’ve probably got one or two injuries, one or two people coming back from international duty we’re having to look after,” Moyes said in his pre-match press conference.
“It looks like this break’s taken its toll on lots of teams.
“If I did have any nos, I wouldn’t tell you anyway! We might have some people who are unavailable.”
Moyes’s comments will undoubtedly spark fears that star man Declan Rice might be one of the injury concerns.
Pablo Fornals, Nikola Vlasic, Tomas Soucek, Lukasz Fabianski and Alex Kral were the other internationals who went away over the latest break.
Moyes has always played his cards close to his chest when it comes to team and injury news.
And rightly so given the fine margins between teams in the Premier League, it would be unwise to give opponents any advantage.