West Ham have been hit by an injury crisis at the worst possible time with the club’s Premier League survival on the line.
Manager David Moyes was understandably concerned after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, saying the Hammers are ‘down to the bare bones’ after injuries to Lucas Paqueta and Nayef Aguerd meant he was left with £173.5m worth of talent in the treatment room.
I left West Ham facing the prospect of going into the game against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur with a host of key players unavailable.
Kurt Zouma (£30m), Maxwel Cornet (£17.5m), Paqueta (£51m), Aguerd (£30m), Alphonse Areola (£10m) and Scamacca (£35m) were – as of the weekend – all sidelined ahead of the match against Spurs.
Tottenham of course have their own injury issues ahead of the game.
As reported by Hammers News, Antonio Conte will be missing three key players for the West Ham match after Tottenham revealed a crushing new blow on Monday.
For West Ham, though, it seems there has been a very welcome boost indeed.
Because Scamacca has sent a message saying he’s ‘back home’ ahead of West Ham’s huge derby against Spurs.
West Ham have been missing summer signing Scamacca for over a month as the result of a knee injury sustained in a 2-2 draw at Leeds.
After a series of injections on the injury, Scamacca was spotted in training at Rush Green last week. That came after he declared he would be “soon back” ahead of the Chelsea clash.
But he was not in the squad for Chelsea and reports claimed the towering Italian had returned to Italy for checks.
Now taking to Instagram, Scamacca sent a message that will put a spring in the step of everyone at West Ham.
‘Back home’ Scamacca posted on a picture of the sun shining on his back garden. And for the avoidance of doubt as to which home the West Ham star was referring, he posted a British flag emoji too.
So the big man is back in the country ahead of the game against Tottenham. And that is great news because Spurs are seriously suspect in the air from crosses.
It is unlikely Scamacca will start against the north Londoners given his six-week lay-off.
But providing he does not have any reactions in training this week he will hopefully be able to take a place on the bench and provide a brilliant option for such a crucial match.