West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has ruled himself out of tonight’s game against Chelsea.
West Ham boss David Moyes has been dealt another major injury blow with the news that his rejuvenated playmaker is out with a hamstring strain.
Lanzini’s West Ham career looked all but over but has he turned things around this season.
Scoring that last minute screamer in the 3-3 draw at Spurs may have restored Lanzini’s fading reputation among West Ham fans.
The little Jewel finally rediscovers his shine
Lanzini was the spark that helped West Ham secure a point in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last time out.
The Argentine came on at half-time in place of Pablo Fornals during a lacklustre team performance.
And he looked like the Lanzini of old. The little Jewel – as he is affectionately known – got on the ball and drove West Ham forwards.
It was the timing, angle and weight of his pass to Vladimir Coufal which helped set up Sebastien Haller’s breathtaking overhead kick equaliser.
Many West Ham fans have been in agreement since that Lanzini should start against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
Rejuvenated star deals Moyes a Hammer blow by ruling himself out of Chelsea match during gaming session
But the midfield ace revealed during an online gaming session on Sunday that he will miss the London derby.
“Yes I am off tomorrow,” Lanzini told a fan asking if he was playing against Chelsea in the chat during a Fortnite session.
“I have a little injury in my hamstring.”
It is the latest injury blow for Moyes who has another three doubts for the game.
Three of West Ham’s star performers this season are doubtful for the Chelsea match.
Injuries start to pile up for Moyes
Fabian Balbuena, Aaron Cresswell and Jarrod Bowen are all touch and go.
With Arthur Masuaku and Michail Antonio also out, Moyes’s squad is starting to be seriously stretched.
Fears now are that the Chelsea game will be one match too far.
It doesn’t sound like Lanzini will be out long-term.
But it is sod’s law that he would start to show signs of being back to the Lanzini West Ham fans know and love only to get injured on the eve of a big game.
It means Fornals – who has come under fire from some West Ham fans for his recent performances – will likely get a reprieve.