Eintracht Frankfurt will have to make do without key man Evan Ndicka through suspension for their Europa League clash with West Ham.
The Hammers play host to the Bundesliga side on Thursday night at the London Stadium for the first-leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
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It really should be an absolute cracker of a game and it is undoubtedly the biggest match we have faced as a club since 2006.
David Moyes has plenty of injury problems on his plate with Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop all set to miss out for West Ham on Thursday night.
It’s not just us who have injury problems though. Frankfurt have three players all doubtful through injuries – Diant Ramaj, Dijbril Sow and Christopher Lenz. They have a huge suspension concern as well…
Evan Ndicka to miss Eintracht Frankfurt clash with West Ham through suspension
The towering centre-back will miss the UEFA Europa League through suspension (Transfermarkt).
That will be a truly huge blow for the Germans.
In 29 Bundesliga games for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, Ndicka has bagged four goals and four assists. During those appearances, he has averaged 1.9 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 4.4 clearances per game (Who Scored).
The 22-year-old has also won 3.8 aerial duels per match and has recorded a completion rate of 83.3% from 56.9 attempted passes per game (Who Scored).
Ndicka is an absolute colossus. Standing at 6ft 4in tall, he is totally dominant in the air.
So the Bundesliga side will really miss his aerial ability against West Ham from set-pieces. He has been described as an ‘integral’ player for Frankfurt this season by The Mastermind Site.
And Evan Ndicka being unavailable for Eintracht Frankfurt for the Europa League clash with West Ham could be a huge turning point in our favour.