Jarrod Bowen suffered a nasty looking injury at Anfield on Saturday, and now news has emerged about his chances of making West Ham United’s Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old hobbled off early on in the second-half against Liverpool on Saturday and at first glance it looked like he could have done his Achilles.
The thought of losing Bowen for a sustained period of time was an incredible concerning one, such is his importance to this West Ham team.
The former Hull City ace is one of the best two players David Moyes has at his disposal as the London Stadium, alongside Declan Rice.
Jarrod has bagged 12 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for the Hammers so far this season and has reached an entirely new level. It could be argued that he has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this term.
So it was a huge relief for the West Ham fans when news emerged on the official club website yesterday that the injury sustained by Bowen was not a serious one and that he has not sustained any significant damage to his foot.
It appears as though we may have got ahead of ourselves after hearing the supposed good news, however…
Bowen injury news emerges
It appears as though the 25-year-old will miss at least our next two games – the Europa League clash with Sevilla on Thursday night and our Premier League home game against Aston Villa on Sunday.
That’s according to claims from The Athletic.
Those two matches are arguably the biggest of our season to date.
We obviously need a result in Seville in order to have a chance of progressing through to the quart-finals of the Europa League.
And we’re desperate for all three points against Villa as the race for the top six in the Premier League table continues to heat up.
The Bowen injury news if far from ideal. If we are forced to play our next two games without one of our best two players of the season, then every other player really needs to raise their levels by another 10% or so.
This is a team game after all.
David Moyes will be pleased that his team have looked better over the past week but the players still have a very long way to go to match the levels they showed earlier on this season, especially in the final third. We can still beat Sevilla and Aston Villa without the 25-year-old attacker.
Our task of doing just that has just become a lot harder though, that’s for sure. And let’s just hope that the Bowen injury news doesn’t put a dampener on the mood inside the camp as West Ham head into what could be a season-defining week.
Bowen works incredibly hard up and down the right hand flank and provides a real quality cutting edge in the final third. So whichever player replaces him after his injury will have big boots to fill.