West Ham winger Felipe Anderson claims that his injury is only “small” after limping off against Manchester City, the club’s official website reports. Anderson was replaced by Javier Hernandez in the 66th minute during West Ham’s 5-0 loss against the champions.
On a torrid afternoon for the Hammers, this Anderson news made the day even worse. West Ham fans were hoping that the injury was not too serious after Anderson walked off the pitch.
Felipe Anderson on his “small injury”
The Brazilian winger has confirmed that the injury was only small. He tried to continue playing – West Ham were 2-0 down at this point – but is relieved now that he was taken off as a precaution.
Anderson told the post-match press conference (via whufc.com): “I picked up a small injury. I tried to get back in, but I think it’s good that I didn’t because we’re just starting the season and I have all the rest of the season to play.”
Felipe Anderson vital for West Ham
Although the 26-year-old did not disclose whether he would be fit for Brighton, this indicates that the injury is not too serious. Hopefully, Anderson is back on the pitch next weekend.
When West Ham play sides like Brighton, it might need a moment of magic to inspire a victory. Anderson is the type of player who can create something; whether that be a goal, an assist or a sublime piece of skill to galvanise his team.
After a disappointing opening day, West Ham need to put the Man City result behind them and pick up points at Brighton next weekend. Anderson’s apparent fitness is a major boost for the trip to the south coast.