West Ham are set to face a Lyon goalkeeper who has played just twice in two years after injury to number one Anthony Lopes.
West Ham may be missing Kurt Zouma through injury and Aaron Cresswell through suspension for the last eight decider.
But Lyon have their own issues after confirming last night the shock late news that star man Lucas Paqueta is out of the Europa League quarter-final second leg against West Ham.
Lyon also confirmed that number one goalkeeper Anthony Lopes – who was rated as a serious doubt after getting injured in their Ligue 1 game at the weekend – is out.
“Lucas Paqueta and Anthony Lopes are missing through injury for Lyon v West Ham,” Lyon’s official Twitter posted online on Wednesday night.
Ironically Paqueta and Lopes are the two players picked out by West Ham’s French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola last week as the star men the Hammers must take care of if they hoped to progress.
It means West Ham are set to face a Lyon goalkeeper who has played just twice in two years after the injury to number one Lopes.
German ‘keeper Julian Pollersbeck will deputise for Lopes against West Ham.
And the 27-year-old could be very rusty indeed having only played twice for Lyon since joining the club in 2020.
After joining Lyon in September 2020 as back-up to Lopes, Pollersbeck did not make his debut until six months later in a cup game in March 2021.
The former Germany Under 21 international has only made one further appearance in the year since.
So West Ham will surely be looking to seriously test Pollersbeck out at every opportunity.
Particularly from set plays where the Hammers are such a threat and often target goalkeepers with the flight of their deliveries.
Pollersbeck is coming into what is arguably one of the biggest games of his career and having hardly played for two years will undoubtedly be nervous.
The pressure is on Lyon to win the Europa League to qualify for Europe again and that will be in the back of the minds of the understudy and his teammates.
West Ham must try to take advantage.
David Moyes is also boosted by the availability of Manuel Lanzini, who was suspended for the first leg.
And both Ben Johnson – who has had a tight hamstring – and captain Mark Noble, who missed Brentford with illness, are available.