Reporter’s exciting video update from West Ham training ahead of Nottingham Forest clash but there’s no sign of key man.
West Ham face Nottingham Forest in their first away game of the new season on Sunday.
And there is already a bit of needle brewing between the Hammers and newly-promoted Forest off the back of the Jesse Lingard saga.
Both West Ham and Forest got the season off to a bad start with equally lacklustre performances in 2-0 defeats to Man City and Newcastle respectively.
Steve Cooper has signed almost an entirely new team since Forest were promoted.
West Ham boss David Moyes is in the middle of a sizeable rebuild himself with five signings and likely another four or five needed before the window closes.
The Hammers know they will have to be much better to get off the mark for the season when they face a pumped up City Ground crowd relishing their first home game back in the top flight.
Moyes has well documented injury issues and a serious lack of squad depth, worsened by the departures of Issa Diop and Nikola Vlasic this week.
On the flip side West Ham will be boosted by the fact new arrival Maxwel Cornet should be available while £35m striker signing Gianluca Scamacca has another week of training under his belt.
Sky Sports sent Michael Bridge down to Rush Green on Friday.
Reporter’s exciting video update from West Ham training ahead of Nottingham Forest clash but there’s no sign of key man
And Hammers fans will be happy with the reporter’s exciting video update from West Ham training ahead of the Forest clash but there’s no sign of one key man.
“West Ham are training now ahead of that big, big match on Super Sunday,” Bridge says as the camera zooms in on a session involving the likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals, Michail Antonio, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Kurt Zouma, Manuel Lanzini and Scamacca.
“The players there, including the new signing Gianluca Scamacca, who I am told is training very, very well.
“So West Ham fans, could he start on Sunday? He made a pretty decent cameo as well against Manchester City, but is he fully fit and ready to play and start, which will be his first Premier League start won’t it.”
That is great news about Scamacca, who has been starved of any pre-season match minutes while Sassuolo protected him ahead of his impending transfer to West Ham.
But West Ham have big issues in defence.
And there was no sign of key man Craig Dawson, who Moyes revealed has been carrying an injury from the Lens game.
That does not necessarily mean he won’t play at Forest of course, he may have been wrapped in cotton wool by Moyes.
The talk in West Ham circles is that big Daws is still out meaning Ben Johnson will likely continue in central defence alongside Zouma.