West Ham United have been handed a boost going into Saturday’s must-win game against Southampton.
The Hammers can climb out of the bottom three with victory over the in-form Saints.
David Moyes will have to do so without impressive midfielder Tomas Soucek, who has been ruled out for a month through injury.
West Ham boosted despite Soucek loss
But West Ham’s chances of victory have been improved by news from Southampton.
That’s because the Saints look set to be without key duo Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo for the match at the London Stadium.
West Ham won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in December.
The two clubs have had contrasting fortunes since with West Ham slipping further into danger and Southampton going on a streak that has all but ensured their survival.
Saints boss confirms double blow
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed in his pre-match press conference he will be without pacy attackers Redmond and Djenepo.
“Redmond will take time, I think about one month,” he told the club’s official website.
“Hopefully not longer. Maybe after the international break he can play again, that is the schedule at the moment.”
Hasenhuttl also told reporters that Djenepo could miss the West Ham game for personal reasons.
Hammers must still be on guard
West Ham will still need to be on their guard with Danny Ings around, though.
But Moyes’s side must try and take advantage and get a much-needed victory.
A win would likely keep the Hammers out of the bottom three until they play Wolves at home, where they could do their survival hopes the world of good with another victory.
But West Ham must take things one game at a time and pick up the four or five wins they need to stay up between now and May 17th.