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Hammers injury boost

West Ham have been handed a huge injury boost after Aston Villa’s Ross Barkley was ruled out of the clash between the two sides this weekend.

The Express and Star reports that the midfielder, on loan at the club from Chelsea, has sustained a hamstring injury.

Barkley will subsequently miss the next two games, against the Irons and Newcastle United.

He is reported as not be back until the middle of December, and that means he is certainly out of the encounter with the Irons.

It’s a major boost for David Moyes’ side, given the form that the 26-year-old has been in under manager Dean Smith.

He scored in the game against Liverpool and also registered an assist in the 3-0 win over Arsenal, in which he dominated the midfield.

Barkley’s link-up with Jack Grealish has been key to their success in recent weeks – Villa are currently seventh in the table – so robbing the club of that partnership will do the Hammers all the good in the world.

A win for David Moyes’ men would take the Irons above Villa and firmly into the European reckoning.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Hammers injury boost

  1. Shame Grealish didn’t get banged up for his motoring misdemeanours !

  2. Aston Villa are a team that blows hot-and-cold. Luiz-Barclay-Grealish are their spine and they played well against Brighton with Barclay leaving early. If we focus on defence, don’t allow Grealish to draw fouls but force him to pass, and take advantage of their porous defence we should win. Even if Barclay were available, we are the more consistent side.

  3. Great news for us hammers my prediction now is a
    narrow 1-0 win keep blowing those bubbles lads and lasses…..

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