Michael Brown has admitted he fears an injury to Angelo Ogbonna would deal a blow to the momentum West Ham have built up in recent weeks.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the Irons will want to avoid making too many changes to the starting XI after losing just once in their last seven Premier League games.
Speaking after the 1-0 win over Fulham, David Moyes admitted he was “worried” about the 32-year-old after he was forced off after just over an hour with a groin injury.
Victory over the Cottagers means the Hammers have picked up 11 points from their last seven matches, with the 2-1 defeat to Liverpool the only game they have lost.
Brown has lauded the entire West Ham squad for their upturn in form and insisted the loss of Ogbonna would be a bitter pill to swallow.
Asked how much of a blow losing the Italian defender would be to Moyes, Brown told Football Insider: “That’s a big understatement, isn’t it? You see how well West Ham are enjoying their football.
“They’ve got Cresswell in that back-three, with Ogbonna and Balbuena, Soucek’s getting all the rewards next to Declan Rice, obviously no Michail Antonio.
“They don’t want to miss any players because they seem to be getting a bit of momentum, comfortably sat in the middle of the table whereas before they were towards the bottom end and you were thinking where are West Ham going to go?
“I think they’re really going quite well.”
Moyes told Football.London: “We’re a little bit worried about Angelo.
“Because it was a challenge in the box where I don’t think the player should have made the challenge on the goalkeeper and it has opened his groin up a bit so we’ll get him scanned and see what the outcome is.
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie has ripped into 23-year-old after what he’s seen at London Stadium.