David Moyes is set to be missing three key players when Newcastle visit the London Stadium tomorrow.
The trio of West Ham stars have all started all three matches in the Hammers’ mini revival.
Pulling just clear of the relegation zone thanks to seven points from the last nine, courtesy of beating Chelsea and Stoke, plus a draw against Arsenal.
They are not just any players either, with those missing set to be the West Ham captain and two of their three attacking players.
David Moyes is still saying that Manuel Lanzini should have had his ‘charge overturned’. Despite the attacking player having clearly been caught diving and punished accordingly with a two game ban after cheating to win a penalty at Stoke on Saturday, which set them on the way to that three goal win.
The Hammers captain Mark Noble scored that penalty but Moyes has revealed he’s had a tight hamstring all week and ‘we can’t take chances with that’.
When Newcastle beat West Ham 3-0 at St James Park, Michail Antonio was the only one to cause Newcastle any problems whatsoever on our problematic left hand side, but he is also set to miss tomorrow’s match. David Moyes saying that the right sided attacking player has a calf strain, which will surely keep him out, as he picked it up only in the past week and wasn’t available in midweek against Arsenal because of it.
Newcastle still have to do it themselves on the pitch but great to see some factors that may just be going in our favour for once.
David Moyes speaking to the London Evening Standard:
‘With regard to tomorrow’s match against Newcastle, I am very disappointed that Manuel Lanzini is suspended. I thought he had his best game since I joined West Ham at Stoke and we will miss him badly.
I don’t like diving in the game and I applaud the FA for trying to do something about it. I’m 100 per cent behind eradicating simulation but what will be difficult is to find consistency.
I believe, in Manu’s case, there was enough doubt for the charge to be over-turned or actually not brought in the first place.
There was a real split, for example, with the opinions of people in the football world. It wasn’t a straightforward case in my eyes.
For tomorrow, apart from Manu, we have a couple of other issues. Michail Antonio has a calf strain and wasn’t available for Tuesday and is touch and go for tomorrow.
I don’t think Mark Noble will be fit in time. He has been suffering from a tight hamstring for a week or so and we can’t take chances with that.
The good news is that Cheikhou Kouyate is back in full training so we hope he will be available for tomorrow.’