West Ham United boss David Moyes has revealed the reasons why senior duo Aaron Cresswell and Javier Hernandez missed Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.
The pair were not involved as the Hammers moved into the fourth round with a scrappy 1-0 win after extra time.
The exclusion of Hernandez in particular raised eyebrows as speculation continues to mount over the Mexican’s future at West Ham.
“Aaron Cresswell missed the game as his wife is having a baby,” Moyes told his post-match press conference, as reported by Football.London.
“Chicharito [Hernandez] has the flu, that’s why he missed the game.”
West Ham toiled to victory over the Shrews, requiring a wonderful strike from young centre-back Reece Burke eight minutes from the end of extra time to finally seal their progression.
Moyes named a strong Hammers side for the replay but it was the names who were not included that made nearly as many headlines as those who were.
Whilst Cresswell has been a first-team regular since the Scot took over the West Ham reigns in November, Hernandez has struggled for minutes, leading to rumours that the club could let him go less than six months after he signed from Bayer Leverkusen.
Newly-formed MLS side Los Angeles FC are heavily linked with a transfer for Mexico’s all-time record goalscorer, but Moyes continues to insist that he has no plans to sell any of his Hammers players during the mid-season window.
Hernandez has scored just four goals for West Ham this term, with Marko Arnautovic now seemingly the preferred option up front.
After defeating the Shrews, the Hammers are back in Premier League action on Saturday against Bournemouth.
West Ham could face the Cherries again in the FA Cup the following weekend providing they beat Wigan Athletic in a replay, before Crystal Palace visit the London Stadium on January 30.