West Ham United’s hopes of building on their excellent start to the season at Sheffield United have been given a big boost.
That’s if early team news ahead of the clash is anything to go by.
West Ham travel to Bramall Lane for the Sunday lunchtime game.
David Moyes’s side have made a fine start to the season, taking 11 points from one of the toughest runs ever handed to a Premier League side at the beginning of a campaign.
West Ham no mugs under Moyes
The Hammers are nicely placed in midtable with the opportunity to jump into the European spots this weekend depending on other results.
Sheffield United go into the game bottom of the table with no wins and just one point from their opening eight matches.
But West Ham fans go into the game wary. They are all too used to being the suckers who help put an end to such runs.
Something feels very different about the side Moyes is putting together, though.
Solid, organised and dynamic West Ham have laid the foundations for a strong season.
And their chances of victory over the Blades have been given a shot in the arm by news emerging from Yorkshire.
Triple blow for Blades boosts Hammers hopes
Chris Wilder could be without three key stars for the game.
Blades midfielder and former West Ham target Sander Berge could miss the game due to Covid-19 controversy while away with the Norwegian national team.
According to a host of sources including Yorkshire Live, the availability of Berge on Sunday is unclear.
Sheffield United are refusing to comment on the midfielder after the Norwegian Health Ministry put a stop to the team leaving Oslo for their Uefa Nations League match at Romania, following defender Omar Elabdellaoui’s positive test.
The game was cancelled and the health ministry insisted all players go into quarantine casting his availability for the weekend into serious doubt.
Two more key Blades players are also big doubts for the game.
John Fleck – another former Hammers target – is still recovering from a break injury.
West Ham further boosted by Antonio return but Yarmo to miss out
The Scottish midfielder has stepped up his bid for match fitness in the last week but face a late decision on his fitness with a place on the bench the best he can realistically hope for according to Yorkshire Live.
And the same source reports that striker Lys Mousset, who has yet to feature for Sheffield United after picking up an injury in pre-season, will miss the game with December set as his return date.
On the flip side West Ham boss Moyes will get a major boost with the return of star striker Michail Antonio for the game.
Andriy Yarmolenko will miss out after testing positive for Covid but the Ukraine winger has been a peripheral figure this season anyway.