West Ham appear to have dropped a worrying team news hint ahead of the Crystal Palace clash on New Year’s Day.
The Hammers got their season back on track with a 4-1 win at Watford last time out.
And they face an in-form Palace side at Selhurst Park in the first match of 2022, which is live on Sky Sports.
West Ham’s poor form since the November international break has had much to do with a worsening injury list.
The Hammers have lost Angelo Ogbonna for the season and Kurt Zouma until at least February.
David Moyes has also had to make do without Aaron Cresswell, Ryan Fredericks, Ben Johnson, Pablo Fornals, Declan Rice, Alex Kral and Michail Antonio at various times of late due to injury, suspension and Covid.
Rice is due to return to the side for the clash with the Eagles after serving a one-game ban.
But ahead of the Palace game, West Ham’s official website appears to have dropped a worrying team news hint saying that Moyes “could be without several players”.
“David Moyes is likely to be without several players for West Ham United’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day,” the official website states before listing Ogbonna, Zouma and Cresswell as known absentees.
West Ham drop worrying team news hint ahead of Crystal Palace clash
“Speaking prior to Tuesday’s fixture at Vicarage Road, Moyes confirmed that Pablo Fornals missed out on that game after returning a positive COVID test, and warned on Thursday that – whilst there are no further updates in that regard – the situation remains volatile.
“Moyes said at his pre-match press conference: “We don’t have any more numbers because it’s something that you can’t really say now, because you’re so worried that it changes every day.
“Like every other club, we’re completely unsure what’s going to happen daily. At the moment, today’s update would be that we’re pretty clean.
“The starting XI and substitutes for Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace will be confirmed at 4.30pm on matchday, an hour prior to kick-off.”
The tone of West Ham’s update appears to suggest there may be potential Covid issues bubbling in the background.
At the time of writing the Palace game is set to go ahead.
But – as has been the case with a number of Premier League fixtures recently – that could change even on the day of the match.
Fornals will not feature as he played against Southampton on Boxing Day and must isolate for at least seven days and return a negative test before being cleared to return.