West Ham manager David Moyes has found himself handed a double injury bombshell with both Winston Reid and Sam Byram set to sit out the rest of the season with their blows, according to a report.
The Press Association, as relayed by ITV on their website, claim that the New Zealand centre back will not recover from a knee injury suffered in the 4-1 defeat at the hands of Swansea City before the end of the season, having been given 10 minutes of medical attention and supplied with oxygen as he was stretchered off the Liberty Stadium pitch.
It was his first appearance since January, having been sidelined with a groin strain, but his absence will not be the Hammers’ only concern after report of Byram’s injury, the former Leeds star having replaced Reid against the Swans.
It is said that an ankle injury could see him join the 29-year-old in the treatment room from now until the end of the campaign, which would be a huge blow to both the club and player after he has managed just five league appearances, having suffered a long term layoff with a thigh injury earlier in the campaign.
It leaves Moyes with a crisis at the back, James Collins also injured, while Arthur Masuaku is still to serve one more game of his six match ban picked up against Wigan.
Football Insider verdict
When it rains, it absolutely buckets it down for David Moyes, and he will be wondering what he has done to deserve such rotten luck at the London Stadium. Reid is one of the first names on the team sheet when fully fit, while Byram has not been able to prove his worth to the Scottish manager due to his own injury issues, so to have both ruled out is a huge blow. All Moyes can hope is that those who step into their places can lift their performances and pick up enough points to avoid relegation come the end of the season. However, if their displays are anything like they were against the Swans, then they can consider themselves in real trouble.
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