West Ham United boss David Moyes appears to have ruled out comeback king Arthur Masuaku replacing Said Benrahma against Manchester United.
West Ham have been hit by an injury blow ahead of the visit of Man United on Sunday.
Moyes welcomes his old club to the London Stadium with both West Ham and Man United unbeaten in the Premier League so far.
Hammers without key duo for Red Devils clash
The Hammers were already missing key man Michail Antonio for the Man United game after his sending off against Southampton last weekend.
Then Moyes revealed in his pre-match press briefing that Benrahma picked up a knock in the win over Dinamo Zagreb and could miss the match too.
“In terms of team news, Said Benrahma got a knock on his knee when he came on against Dinamo Zagreb,” Moyes told the press (whufc.com).
“But apart from that the squad are mostly fully available.”
Moyes appears to rule out comeback ‘king’ Arthur replacing Benrahma against Man United
West Ham fans have been debating who should replace Antonio and Benrahma against the Red Devils.
And many have championed the case of Masuaku after he returned to the side as a substitute in Croatia.
But Moyes appears to have ruled the man fans nickname ‘king’ Arthur out of the running to start in Benrahma’s place.
The Scot explained he simply isn’t ready to start a match yet after a long spell on the sidelines following setbacks in his recovery from knee surgery.
“You can see that Arthur Masuaku has got a bit to go regarding getting back his sharpness,” Moyes told whufc.com.
‘Is he completely ready? Probably not’
“But we’re trying to bring him back and get him as ready as we can.
“Is he completely ready? Probably not, but he’s on the way to getting ready.”
Nikola Vlasic is expected to make his first Premier League start for West Ham.
That could be as a forward or false nine.
If Masuaku is not going to be used from the start, Moyes must decide whether to play the likes of Manuel Lanzini or Andriy Yarmolenko which will determine what position Vlasic plays in.
West Ham entertain Man United in the 2pm kick-off. A win for the Hammers would see them leapfrog the visitors and potentially rise to second in the fledgling table.