'Big trouble' - Exclusive: Robinson seriously worried for West Ham after Moyes update
Paul Robinson admits he is fearful over West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta trying to fill the void left by the injured Ryan Fredericks.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists it will be difficult for the Argentine veteran to hit the ground running after a lack of recent game time.
As confirmed by the Hammers on Friday, Fredericks is set for a spell on the sidelines after damaging ligaments in his shoulder against Manchester City, David Moyes suggesting that he could face surgery on the problem.
Fredericks (Shoulder): “He’s damaged ligaments in his shoulder, we’re waiting on more advice on whether it is surgery or healing time.”
Yarmolenko (Thigh): “He’s done a little bit of training, but not joined any of the main sessions. He’s still a bit off from joining in.”
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With 35-year-old Zabaleta the other senior right-back in the squad, Robinson admits he is worried the former Manchester City man will struggle to get to grips with the pace of the Premier League straight away.
“Zabaleta’s not really played that much this year, I think it’s difficult when you’re at that age to come in, to dip in and out of a team rather than playing every week,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“Fredericks’ injury is going to be a blow for West Ham but I genuinely think West Ham are in big trouble. You look at the players that they’ve got, the squad that they’ve got and the fixtures that they’ve got coming up.
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“You’re looking at games now – they’ve got Liverpool up next and then Southampton, the Southampton game is a must-win game. All the wrong signs at the minute, you can tell when a team’s in trouble.”
West Ham sit 18th in the Premier League table after 26 games, with six wins, six draws and 14 defeats to their name.
They are level on points with 19th-placed Watford and a point behind Aston Villa just outside the relegation zone.
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