Danny Mills has admitted West Ham have suffered a shattering “blow” after Arthur Masuaku underwent knee surgery.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England defender has backed David Moyes to find a “solution” to the problem.
Masuaku underwent knee surgery last week and Claret & Hugh report he will be out until at least the beginning of January.
The 27-year-old had played a key role as a left wing-back in Moyes’ new 3-4-3 formation with Aaron Cresswell operating at left centre-back.
The Irons lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation without Masuaku in their impressive 2-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road on Friday night.
And Mills has claimed securing important wins without key players is exactly what “top coaches” do.
He told Football Insider: “It is definitely a big blow to be without Masuaku.
“We are where we are at the moment, every team throughout the whole season will have one or two bad injuries, it happens. It’s all about adaptability, it’s all about coaching. It’s about how you work out how to deal with that problem.
“Look at Liverpool with Virgil van Dijk, Manchester City with Vincent Kompany a couple of seasons ago. They all had big injuries and that’s where top coaches make it work. They find a solution.”
After missing West Ham’s first game of the season, Masuaku started 10 consecutive Premier League games for Moyes’ side.
Last season, he was used sparingly by the Scotsman and only started just four top-flight fixtures after his arrival at the end of December 2019.