West Ham sent Johnson warning pre-Lyon - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

7th Apr, 2022 | 12:00pm

Medical expert warns West Ham over Ben Johnson amid 'crucial' claim

West Ham boss David Moyes should not take any risks with Ben Johnson ahead of tonight’s (7 April) Europa League clash against Lyon.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Johnson, 22, returned from England Under-21 duty with hamstring discomfort and missed the 2-1 win over Everton last Sunday (3 April).

The Evening Standard reported yesterday (6 April) that Moyes is set to make a late call over the right-back ahead of tonight’s quarter-final first leg.

But Dinnery told the Hammers boss that it is “crucial” not to risk the academy graduate if he can avoid it.

“West Ham aren’t blessed with a massive squad,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“But fortunately, on that right-hand side, they seem okay for now. Ryan Fredericks is back and Vladimir Coufal has returned following surgery.

“When you have got games coming thick and fast and you’re still pushing in the league, it’s right to ease players back if they aren’t feeling 100 per cent.

“If you are in a position where you can remove a player from the risk and it works out well, it’s crucial that you take advantage of that.

“David Moyes does have options, so if he isn’t fully fit then it wouldn’t surprise me to see one of the others in there.”

Johnson has supplied one assist in 26 appearances in 2021-22.

He has been used at both right-back and left-back this term.

In other news, West Ham register interest in signing Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah after twist.