West Ham United look set to be handed a major boost as Everton face up to something of an injury crisis that could rule out FIVE key players.
West Ham travel to Goodison Park to face Everton with both sides having made strong starts to the season.
Rafa Benitez – who almost became West Ham manager back in 2015 – has Everton sitting fourth in the Premier League table approaching the quarter-way stage.
West Ham meanwhile are three points behind in ninth and flying high at the top of their Europa League group.
Moyes facing tough test against Benitez’s in-form Everton
David Moyes returns to his old club knowing that victory would see West Ham leapfrog Everton in the table on goal difference.
West Ham enjoyed mixed fortunes against Everton last season.
The Hammers won 1-0 at Goodison but lost by the same scoreline at the London Stadium – a defeat which proved costly in Moyes’s pursuit of a Champions League spot as West Ham fell agonisingly short by just one win.
It promises to be a tight match when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
West Ham given major boost as Everton face injury crisis with as many as five players out
Everton is always a tough game for West Ham.
So Moyes will be massively boosted by the news that Everton could have as many as five players missing for Sunday’s clash.
That’s according to Everton’s official website which states that strike duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are both injured as are Andre Gomes, Seamus Coleman and Fabian Delph.
Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game last time the two sides met. He has a quadriceps injury according to the site and his scheduled return date is listed as October.
Calvert-Lewin dented West Ham’s Champions League dream
Richarlison is still recovering from a knee injury he sustained in a robust challenge from Burnley defender James Tarkowski. His return date is also listed as October.
Coleman has a hamstring injury and a scheduled return of October too.
The return dates of both Gomes (calf) and Delph (shoulder) are listed as ‘unknown’.
As things stand West Ham look set to have a clean bill of health.
Ryan Fredericks should return although there is a slight doubt over Vladimir Coufal.