West Ham United could be set for a massive boost ahead of their season opener against Newcastle United next week.
Newcastle have a habit of putting a spanner in the works for West Ham.
They beat the Hammers in the opening game of last season.
And defeat during the run-in ended up effectively costing West Ham a place in the Champions League with David Moyes’s side missing out by just two points in the end.
Star Newcastle duo to miss season opener against West Ham?
Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is West Ham’s bogeyman. The ex Bournemouth striker has a ridiculous habit of scoring against the Hammers and admitted he couldn’t wait for the opening game when the fixtures were released.
Another Magpies danger man for West Ham is playmaker Allan Saint-Maximin. When fit and on form the Frenchman is one of the most exciting players in the Premier League.
But West Ham look to have been handed a major boost with the news that both Wilson and Saint-Maximin look set to miss the season opener next Sunday.
ASM ill and bogeyman Wilson injured as duo fail to train again ahead of Hammers
Saint-Maximin is said to be suffering from an ‘illness’ and has not featured for Newcastle since their second pre-season friendly of the summer at Doncaster.
The tricky attacker has missed all of Newcastle’s friendlies since and didn’t train this week ahead of today’s friendly against Norwich. That will make it four warm-up games in a row missed by ASM ahead of West Ham.
“A player who relies so much on pace and energy, as well as trickery, it is now surely all but certain ASM won’t be starting against West Ham in nine days time,” The Mag reported on Friday.
West Ham tormentor Wilson is nursing a hamstring injury and was also absent from from Newcastle training this week having missed the last two friendlies.
Massive boost for Moyes
And The Mag is convinced Wilson will miss the game against West Ham.
“Even if making rapid progress next week in training, far too big a risk to throw Callum Wilson straight in after such an interrupted pre-season preparation, especially with the countless hamstring injuries the striker has had in the past,” The Mag added.
David Moyes will be focused on his own side.
But for Newcastle to be without arguably their two best players will be a huge shot in the arm for West Ham’s hopes.
The Hammers will be hoping to keep all their key men fit following their last pre-season match against Italian side Atalanta today.
In other news, West Ham make £14.5m bid for Caleta-Car claim French reports.