West Ham’s easy 4-0 win over Norwich City was marred by a triple injury blow to key players on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers ran out comfortable victors at already relegated Norwich with a brace from Said Benrahma, a first Premier League goal for Michail Antonio since New Year’s Day and a Manuel Lanzini penalty.
In many ways this was the perfect game for West Ham after Thursday’s bitter Europa League semi-final disappointment.
The Canaries simply cannot compete at this level and it showed as The Hammers easily cut through their brittle defence and mindset.
But the match came at a cost for David Moyes.
Because the easy West Ham win over Norwich was marred by a triple injury blow to key players.
Easy West Ham win over Norwich is marred by triple injury blow to key players
Antonio was substituted at half-time with what looked like a hip injury.
Craig Dawson has to be withdrawn in the second half having collided with advertising hoardings.
And two-goal Benrahma looked the most serious of the lot with a painful looking foot injury which saw the Algerian have to be helped off the pitch.
West Ham have a week to rest before the Man City game next week, which will be Mark Noble’s farewell in front of his home supporters.
The injuries will be a worry for Moyes given West Ham now have a very real chance of leapfrogging Manchester United into sixth place and a Europa League spot given their vastly superior goal difference.
Moyes will undoubtedly want to get all three players assessed this week but given the nature of Benrahma’s knock it would appear highly unlikely he will feature before the end of the season.
West Ham also tightened their grip on seventh spot which will be rewarded with a Europa Conference League play-off place.
A special mention for West Ham’s travelling fans who were in great voice throughout and had plenty to cheer about.
They also got to see Noble in action in a nice side story to the win.
A Sunday stroll for West Ham but with an unwelcome injury toll.