West Ham defender Winston Reid had to leave the pitch on a stretcher during the Hammers 4-1 defeat against Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday – and it’s an injury that could spell the end for the club in terms of their survival in the top-flight.
Not only was the result a catastrophic one for the Hammers as it left a minuscule three-point gap between themselves and Crystal Palace, but the injury to their centre-back also will also leave a gaping hole in defence with nine games remaining.
That’s because Reid was replacing James Collins at the back after the Welshman was ruled out due to a hamstring issue, signalling a potential crisis at the London Stadium.
It is not known yet how serious the problem is but a neck-brace and oxygen mask was required by the New Zealand native in an incident that required a ten-minute delay during the match.
Only earlier in the week, David Moyes sanctioned the sale of Joe Fonte to Chinese side Dalian Yifang, which in light of Reid’s injury has to be put under even more scrutiny and begs the question who can they pin their Premier League hopes on?
Angelo Ogbonna – if he recovers from the illness that kept him out on Saturday – and Declan Rice are going to have to step up now and become the wall that the Hammers are going to need to stave off relegation.
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