West Ham: Moyes dealt Scamacca injury blow

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19/12/2022 | 09:20 a.m

West Ham United have been dealt a major injury blow in regards to centre-forward Gianluca Scamacca.

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According to a report in the Daily Mail, David Moyes is now ‘sweating’ the 23-year-old striker’s fitness ahead of the trip to Arsenal on Christmas Day, after the Italy international had to be withdrawn after just 13 minutes of the club’s 1-1 friendly draw with Fulham on Saturday as a result of an ankle injury.

Speaking about the centre-forward’s knock, assistant manager Billy McKinlay said: “‘He rolled his ankle so we’ll see how it goes over the next few days.’

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With Michail Antonio also a doubt for next Monday’s trip to north London with a hamstring strain of his own, the fact that Scamacca’s availability for the meeting with the Gunners is now also questionable is certainly terrible news for Moyes and his team. .

With the Hammers having already struggled for goals this season – hitting the back of the net just 12 times this season, the third-worst record in the Premier League – if Moyes’ only two natural centre-forwards were ruled out against the table by Mikel Arteta. -Toppers next week, wouldn’t bode well for the Hammers’ chances of getting a result.

Indeed, without Scamacca’s contributions in the final third, the Irons would be in a much worse position than they are currently, with the Italian having scored two goals and created one big chance in his 13 appearances in the Premier League this season, as well as four more goals in eight domestic and European Cup matches.

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As such, losing the £35million talent before the Arsenal game would certainly be a huge blow for Moyes, with the 59-year-old manager no doubt hoping to end the streak his team’s current run of three league games without a win. at The Emirates next week, a result that could finally kick-start the Hammers’ disappointing league campaign so far this season.

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