West Ham United manager David Moyes has suggested that midfielder Pedro Obiang could miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury.
The Spaniard suffered a medial knee ligament problem during the recent FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic and his boss is not positive about his chances of being fit before the end of the campaign.
“Hopefully it won’t be the whole season, but he’s had a repair to his medial ligament,” Moyes said of Obiang in his press conference ahead of the clash with Watford this weekend, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We might get him back before the end, but probably not.”
Obiang had been a regular presence in the starting XI since Moyes took over in November and his prolonged absence has come as a blow.
Elsewhere, the 54-year-old confirmed that both Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio have trained this week and are ‘close’ to returns; the duo could be in the frame to face the Hornets.
Winston Reid made the bench against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend but a throat infection means that he remains a doubt.
Moyes still feels that Jose Fonte needs more match practice before he is thrust back into first-team affairs, whilst new signing Patrice Evra is available for selection despite being without a club since November before he penned a deal at the London Stadium on Wednesday.
Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes are likely to miss the majority of the final few months of the term with injuries and Arthur Masuaku’s suspension for spitting at an opponent will keep him out until the fixture with Manchester United on March 18.
The encounter with Watford offers West Ham an opportunity to put to an end a run of three Premier League matches without a win.
Fans will be demanding a big performance at the London Stadium following the disappointing display in the 3-1 loss against Brighton last time out.