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West Ham Europa League hopes get major boost as Man City hit by defensive injury crisis

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West Ham Europa League hopes get major boost as Man City hit by defensive injury crisis

West Ham United’s Europa League hopes have been given a major boost as Man City have been hit by defensive injury crisis.

West Ham welcome title hopefuls Manchester City to the London Stadium on Sunday for captain Mark Noble’s emotional farewell.

It will be the last game the Hammers skipper is involved in as a player for West Ham and he will get a rapturous goodbye from fans.

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David Moyes will be hoping his team can make it a fitting send-off for Noble by getting a result.

West Ham still have plenty to play for in the last two games.

With what is effectively a six-point cushion over Wolves, West Ham are more or less assured of seventh place and a Europa Conference League spot.

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But the fight is still very much on with Man United for sixth spot and a place in the Europa League.

West Ham have fully embraced and loved every minute of their Europa League journey this season, which ended in semi-final heartache against Eintracht Frankfurt last Thursday night.

If West Ham can beat Man City at the London Stadium on Sunday they will leapfrog Man United into sixth ahead of the final game of the season.

Pep Guardiola’s side will likely still have plenty at stake themselves with the small matter of a Premier League title tussle against Liverpool on the line for Man City.

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But West Ham’s Europa League hopes have been given a major boost as Man City have been hit by a defensive injury crisis ahead of the clash.

That’s after Guardiola confirmed that key defenders Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker will all miss the final three games of Manchester City’s season (Sky Sports).

Walker was forced off in the second half of Wednesday’s Champions League loss at Real Madrid with fresh ankle problems. Stones has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and Dias was injured in the 5-0 win over Newcastle.

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Speaking in his post-match press conference on Sky Sports, Guardiola said: “Ruben, Kyle and John are out until the end of the season.”

That will give Moyes and his West Ham players a major boost as they bid for successive Europa League qualifications.

West Ham have their own injury issues, though, after Craig Dawson, Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma were forced off in the 4-0 win over Norwich.

Antonio has dropped a big hint over his injury and Benrahma was seen leaving Carrow Road on crutches.

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