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.