West Ham United star Alex Kral will miss the next two games as David Moyes lifts the lid on the ‘strange’ reason for his absence from the squad that faced Everton.
West Ham moved up to seventh in the Premier League table with the impressive 1-0 win at Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Moyes emerged victorious from his old Goodison Park stomping ground for the second consecutive season thanks to Angelo Ogbonna’s second half winner.
West Ham had to make do without several first team players for the game with Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredericks missing along with Mark Noble and midfielder Kral.
Given West Ham’s hectic fixture schedule – which includes a Europa League home game against Genk this Thursday night – the likes of Kral were expected to come into the side as Moyes juggles his squad to keep players fresh.
But Kral will miss the games against Genk and then Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.
West Ham star Alex Kral to miss next two games as David Moyes lifts lid on ‘strange’ reason for absence
Moyes revealed the Czech midfielder – who impressed in the Carabao Cup win over Manchester United – has been hit by a ‘strange’ blow.
That’s after he tested positive for Covid despite having been double jabbed.
And that requires him to isolate for 10 days, meaning the Genk and Spurs games come too soon.
“Alex Kral tested positive (for Covid-19) but has been injected (with the vaccine) he’s had his injection,” Moyes said in his post Everton press conference (Football London).
“So it was a strange one for us that he tested positive on Thursday.”
Moyes did however confirm that Noble should be back in contention for Genk and Spurs.
There was false positive news for West Ham ahead of the clash with bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday.
That’s after it emerged two Spurs stars – named online as striker Son Heung-min and Bryan Gil – who were expected to miss the West Ham game following positive Covid tests will actually now be available.