By Danny Wright
Arthur Masuaku was substituted off at half-time in West Ham’s goalless draw with Stoke on Saturday because he faced a late fitness test ahead of the game, according to a reliable journalist.
Injury expert Ben Dinnery reported on his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old didn’t make it into the second half because of his lack of fitness.
Aaron Cresswell replaced Masuaku as the teams came out for the second period of the game.
The substitution left many fans confused because the ex-Olympiakos left-back was arguably one of their better performers in the opening 45 minutes of the game.
“Masuaku came through a late fitness test but doesn’t make it past the break [HT]. Cresswell on at the start of the second half,” said Dinner on his Twitter account.
Masuaku came through a late fitness test but doesn't make it past the break [HT]. Cresswell on at the start of the second half. #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 29, 2017
Masuaku was making his 15th appearances in all competitions for Slaven Bilic’s side, who have found it hard to find consistency this season.
He has spent a long period of his debut season for the Irons on the sidelines and only returned to the first team in March after a knee injury kept him out since September.
Cresswell has suffered with injury problems of his own recently and Masukau has earned the plaudits of his fans for doing a brilliant job after stepping in.
West Ham dropped to 14th place after earning a goalless draw at Stoke on Saturday.
The home side were perhaps the better team over the course of the game, and their influence on proceedings grew in the second-half after Masuaku was hooked from the action.
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