David Moyes has confirmed in his pre-match press conference that will be without five senior players when he takes charge of his first home game as West Ham United manager on Friday night, as reported by the club’s official website.
Jose Fonte, Sam Byram, Michail Antonio, James Collins and Javier Hernandez are all sidelined as the Scot looks to kick start his tenure with a victory over Leicester City at the London Stadium, following the disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford on Sunday.
That game saw the Hammers outclassed by Marco Silva’s men, although they did manage to create a number of clear-cut chances that passed them by.
With that in mind, Hernandez’s absence is a particular blow; the Mexican is the club’s top scorer so far this season and had he been on the end of one of those opportunities then the result could well have been different.
Antonio has been missing with an abdominal issue and whilst he is back in training he will not be fit to take part on Friday.
The same goes for Collins, who is recovering from an ankle injury but will not be considered for selection against the Foxes.
Fonte injured his foot against Crystal Palace at the end of October and is out until the new year, whilst Byram could return from a thigh problem in the next couple of weeks.
In better news for Moyes, Marko Arnautovic is available after being substituted in the second half at Watford.
It was thought that the Austrian may have broken his thumb but the former Everton boss confirmed that he has trained this week.
West Ham sit 18th in the table and are in dire need of a victory after winning just two of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures this season.
Leicester provide a tough test for the Irons and Moyes’ side must be on top of their game in order to get a positive result.