West Ham United’s hopes of a crucial win over Burnley on Wednesday night have been boosted.
West Ham take on Burnley looking to make it seven points from nine in the last three games.
The Hammers followed up their thrilling 3-2 win over Chelsea with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
And should they win against Burnley, West Ham will have one foot in the Premier League next season.
Burnley will be no pushovers of course.
West Ham can take huge step to safety but Burnley no pushovers
Sean Dyche – who has been linked with replacing David Moyes at West Ham – once again has the Clarets punching well above their weight up in 10th and on the fringes of the European places.
But West Ham’s chances of a win and survival have been boosted after Dyche revealed he has big injury concerns to key players ahead of the trip to the London Stadium.
Burnley captain and central defensive rock Ben Mee and midfielder Jack Cork will both miss the game against West Ham.
Dyche confirmed the news on Burnley’s official website and says injuries are beginning to take their toll.
Hammers chances improve as Dyche confirms injury blow
“A three-game week is not helpful, but it could be touch and go whether they get back this season,” admitted the Burnley boss ahead of West Ham (BurnleyFootballClub).
“Ben has a thigh strain, so I don’t think it’s going to be an easy or quick turnaround, and Jack has a reasonably serious ankle injury and there is a chance he’ll need surgery.
“That’s looking likely and we’ll have to wait on that, but that certainly means he’s going to be out, certainly for this immediate spell of games and, for both of them, possibly for the remaining games.
“We are working at maximum without a number of bodies and unfortunately the injuries have come at an awkward time when we still have games to go.”
Moyes just waiting on Haller
Moyes on the other hand has a near fully fit squad to choose from.
The only sticking point is the availability of record £45million signing Sebastien Haller.
The Frenchman has missed all four games with an injury since the restart. And neither he nor Moyes know yet whether he will be fit enough for a place on the bench against Burnley.
Haller is on 29 appearances for West Ham, who were reported to FIFA last week over non-payment of the latest instalment of his transfer fee to Eintracht Frankfurt (Sky Sports).
And that has sparked a number of conspiracy theories as to the reason for his no-show since the restart.