West Ham United first-team trio Michail Antonio, Javier Hernandez and James Collins have been ruled out of the upcoming Premier League clash against Everton.
This is a massive boost for the Toffees who welcome former manager David Moyes to Goodison Park on Wednesday in a huge clash at the bottom of the table.
Antonio has been out with a hip injury and he last featured for West Ham in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace where he was criticised for his part in the opposition’s late equaliser.
Summer signing Hernandez has been unavailable since picking up a hamstring whilst on international duty with the Mexico national team earlier this month.
Senior man Collins has not made an appearance for the Hammers since September after being substituted in the stalemate against West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking in the press conference ahead of the match, Moyes confirmed that the three players would not be back to full fitness in time for the Everton clash.
“I say that Javier will be another few days or even longer at this rate,” he said as quoted in Football London.
“We have got a lot of games coming up and we want him to be fit.
“It’s the same with James Collins and Michail Antonio, we have to be careful because our squad is not the biggest, Jose Fonte too. It’s really important we really get them fit and ready to play.”
Moyes will be desperate to come away with a positive result after experiencing consecutive 2-0 defeats at Goodison Park with his past teams Manchester United and Sunderland.
The Hammers will go above Everton in the league table with a victory in midweek which potentially could see the Toffees drop into the relegation zone.
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