David Moyes has injury doubts over a trio of West Ham United stars following the crucial 3-0 Premier League victory over Stoke City at the weekend.
Mark Noble, Pablo Zabaleta and Marko Arnautovic all picked up knocks during Saturday’s triumph at the Bet365 Stadium.
Manager Moyes, who has guided his relegation-threatened side to seven points from their last three matches, now has concerns over the trio heading into a packed Christmas fixture list.
“My big worry was that we had a day less recovery [than Stoke],” the Scot told his post-match press conference, as quoted by Football.London.
“Obviously, there are a few dropping at the moment.
“Mark Noble has now got an injury, we had Zabaleta with a dead leg from early on in the game, so we are finding ourselves struggling for players.
“Even at the end, Marko Arnautovic had a calf strain so we had to bring him off for Chicharito to go on the right as we ran out of midfield players, even with Declan Rice coming on.”
Noble was making his 300th top-flight appearance for the club and marked the occasion by converting a 19th-minute penalty to give the Hammers the lead.
However, he was substituted before half-time with a hamstring strain and is now a major doubt for the midweek League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.
Zabaleta’s dead leg did not force him off, but Arnautovic left the field with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Given the number of injuries in the Irons’ squad at present, it would not be a surprise to see Moyes make major changes for the clash with the Gunners on Tuesday night.
Whilst the prospect of a cup semi-final is a tempting one, the former Sunderland boss knows only too well that Premier League survival is the absolute priority.
After meeting their London rivals, West Ham return to league action with games against Newcastle United, Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion, three teams who are currently languishing towards the bottom of the table.