A huge double injury blow marred West Ham’s vital 2-1 win over Aston Villa at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham boss David Moyes admitted he is going to have to push his shallow squad to breaking point between now and the end of the season.
And it seems that point may have been reached as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell were forced off with injuries against Villa.
West Ham have been riding by the seat of their pants for well over a year relying on injury-prone Antonio up front.
The luck ran out against Villa as the striker pulled up feeling the muscle around his thigh.
Ironically West Ham looked much better with emotional goalscorer Andriy Yarmolenko up front in Antonio’s place.
Huge double injury blow marrs West Ham win over Aston Villa
Cresswell was also forced off with what looks like a groin strain.
Ben Johnson did admirably at left-back in his stead while Ryan Fredericks played well at right-back as a substitute.
Make no mistake, though, this victory over Villa may have come at a real cost in the wider context of West Ham’s season.
The huge double injury blow marrs West Ham’s win over Aston Villa but we will have to wait to learn of the extent of the injuries.
It would seem highly unlikely either player will be available to face Sevilla in what is West Ham’s biggest match for decades in the Europa League last 16 second leg on Thursday night.
West Ham also have the small matter of a massive London derby against Spurs at the weekend before the international break.
The match is huge in the race for the European places and Spurs are scoring goals freely right now.
Despite the injuries, West Ham’s thin squad stepped up to the plate when it mattered to get the three points.
And the afternoon will live long in the memory after that goal from Yarmolenko with the attacker in tears after scoring.
Pablo Fornals finally got a goal although the last few moments were made nervy when the impressive Jacob Ramsey fired home from the edge of the box.