There has been a mixed triple West Ham injury update from David Moyes after defeat to Man City in the season opener.
West Ham did not lay a glove on the defending champions as they cruised to a 2-0 win at the London Stadium courtesy of Erling Haaland’s first of what promises to be many goals in English football.
The match was so one-sided co-commentator Gary Neville asked the Sky Sports data team to check a dire West Ham pass statistic live on air.
After the game Moyes was brutally honest in his assessment, admitting Pep Guardiola had ‘completely outdone’ him and his side tactically.
The Scot also said he felt his Hammers team was starting to look ‘stale’.
West Ham fans were angry when they saw the manager’s ridiculously shallow squad to take on the might of Man City.
The Hammers had just one recognised centre-back in their entire matchday squad – Kurt Zouma.
In the build-up to the game Moyes had cursed West Ham’s rotten luck at the loss of £30m summer signing Nayef Aguerd for 10 weeks.
The Scot confirmed wantaway Issa Diop has been refusing to play.
But West Ham were also missing Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna while Lukasz Fabianski went off injured in the first half of the Man City defeat too.
The Scot addressed the issues in his post-match presser (Football.London).
There was a mixed triple West Ham injury update from Moyes after the defeat to Man City in the season opener.
Moyes has given updates on Fabianski, Dawson and Ogbonna.
While he hopes the injury to Fabianski is ‘not too serious’ he did state the goalkeeper could not feel his leg after a heavy bang to his hip.
Dawson missed out as he has a thigh strain – making him a possible doubt for Nottingham Forest next weekend.
Moyes had previously suggested Ogbonna is still around a month away from being considered for a return to first team action and there appears to be no chance of expediting his return.
“Daws has got a bit of a thigh strain, we’ve not got Angelo Ogbonna ready to get back yet from his cruciate yet, we were really, really short of defensive options,” Moyes said in his post match press conference (Football.London).
“He (Fabianski) got a knock onto his hip, which he thinks has numbed his leg completely, so the knock makes me feel not so bad.
“Hopefully, it won’t be anything serious but he’s limping badly at the moment. Hopefully, it’s not maybe as bad as we felt, he had no feeling in his leg after getting the knock.”
West Ham have been looking to sign another centre-back in light of Diop’s desire to leave.
Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai is said to be a target but Moyes knows better than anyone that he also needs to strengthen in a host of other areas too.