It looks set to be one in, one out for West Ham United as David Moyes drops a rare team news hint ahead of the Europa League clash with Genk.
Moyes has admitted he has put a lot of planning into trying to juggle his squad to ensure none of his stars suffer burnout while competing on all fronts.
West Ham welcome Genk to the London Stadium in the Europa League tonight for what is – on paper at least – the easiest of their Group H games.
The way Europa League fixtures work, West Ham actually face Genk twice in a row, home then away, in the competition.
And as reported by Hammers News, West Ham know two wins – having already won their opening two games – will see them all but confirmed as group winners and earn David Moyes’s side a place in the last 16.
West Ham have a massive game against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
And Spurs made their priorities clear as they rested their entire first XI for their Conference League game against Vitesse.
Captain Mark Noble should be available again but there are question marks over the likes of Ryan Fredericks, Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek.
Moyes must also decide what best to do with his only proper striker, Michail Antonio with the Spurs game looming large.
The Scot usually plays team selection and injury news very close to his chest.
One in, one out as Moyes drops rare West Ham team news hint for Genk
The Hammers boss gives very little away to the press in that regard.
But Moyes gave a very rare insight into two players who will and won’t start against Genk, among what is expected to be a raft of changes.
Moyes more or less confirmed £33 million summer signing Nikola Vlasic will start the game while Tomas Soucek – despite wanting to play – is likely to be rested.
“Yea he’s fine, I think he’s fine.
“It’s just a question of whether we decide to rest him or just give him a chance for a breather really,” Moyes said when asked about Soucek’s availability following that horrific facial injury against Everton (whufc.com).
“He’s (Vlasic) come into a relatively settled side at the moment.
“We’ve got no problem with him and we’ll use him tomorrow night (vs Genk) and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do.”