Jarrod Bowen could be back for Everton after the international break says West Ham insider after Monday’s scare story.
The mysterious Bowen injury has had West Ham medics stumped according to Hammers boss David Moyes.
Moyes has been without his star attacker since he hobbled off during the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at the start of the month.
After the Liverpool match Moyes said Bowen had injured his heel but was unsure how serious the knock was.
There was promising news when West Ham confirmed a scan showed no significant damage to Bowen’s foot.
West Ham’s medical chief Richard Collinge confirmed Bowen would face further assessment but the forward has been out ever since and missed out on a call-up to the England squad for this international break.
But today Athletic journalist David Ornstein claimed Bowen has fractured a bone in his foot and is therefore a doubt for the Europa League quarter-final against Lyon.
That would obviously be a crushing blow for the Hammers.
“Jarrod Bowen’s foot injury is worse than first feared, The Athletic understands,” Ornstein reports on The Athletic.
“West Ham announced earlier this month that the 25-year-old did not suffer significant damage to his foot during his side’s 1-0 defeat by Liverpool on March 5. However, it is now understood Bowen is facing a race against time to be fit for West Ham’s Europa League quarter-final meetings with Lyon due to a fractured bone in his foot.
“Manager David Moyes will be hoping to call on Bowen’s services for the two-legged European tie against Lyon. The first leg is at the London Stadium on April 7 and then West Ham travel to France the following week…
“The Athletic has contacted West Ham for comment.”
And that has now been given credence by a West Ham insider speaking to Hammers site Claret and Hugh.
Jarrod Bowen could be back for Everton says West Ham insider after scare story
Because Bowen could be back for Everton says the West Ham insider after the scare story, stating there is no evidence as yet that he has fractured his foot.
“We have been told by the club that hopes are high he could return after the international break and that it would have been highly unusual for two MRI scans to miss such an injury,” Claret and Hugh state.
“Our insider at the London Stadium ruled out such an injury declaring: “There is no suggestion of a fractured bone – it would be very unusual for an MRI to miss such a problem – although there may be some hairline cracks beyond the bruising.”
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief among Hammers fans.
Although fatigue clearly played some part in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham, Bowen’s absence was a major factor.
He is crucial to West Ham’s hopes of success in both achieving a European spot in the league and continued progress in the Europa League too.
We’ll all be keeping our fingers and Hammers crossed.