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Injury Clouds Gather Over Leverkusen and West Ham Ahead of Europa League Clash


Injury concerns cast a shadow over Bayer Leverkusen and the mighty Irons as they prepare to lock horns in the pivotal Europa League quarter-final first leg this evening

Leverkusen’s Attacking Options Bruised

While Leverkusen secured a win over Union Berlin at the weekend, their victory came at a cost. Promising attacker Adam Hlozek’s ankle injury keeps him out of both legs against West Ham. Another forward, Nathan Tella, is also a doubt after picking up a knock.

Jeremie Frimpong is expected to start in Tella’s place, while Arthur remains sidelined with fitness issues. the dangerous Victor Boniface’s return from injury offers some relief, but he might not be ready for a starting role just yet. Leverkusen will rely heavily on the firepower of Patrik Schick to maintain their attacking threat.

West Ham’s Attack Faces Major Setback

Bowen is injured in Wolves v West Ham Premier League game

Bowen out of tonights game after an injury at Molineux pitch

West Ham manager David Moyes finds himself mirroring Xabi Alonso’s injury woes, but his situation appears more dire. Star forward Jarrod Bowen, a crucial part of the Hammers’ attacking strategy, was forced off with “severe” spinal bruising and is most unlikely to feature. Alphonse Areola remains sidelined with a groin problem but may face a late fitness test, and midfielder Edson Alvarez is suspended.

Tactical Twists for Moyes: Formation Shift or Risky Gamble?

Kalvin Phillips, on loan from Manchester City, appears the natural replacement for Alvarez….. Please don’t even think about it Mr Moyes ! So it is likely that tactical changes will have to take place and a switch to a three-man backline could well be on the cards for the Hammers.

Predicted Lineups:

Leverkusen: Hradecky; Kossounou, Tah, Hincapie; Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo; Wirtz, Adli; Schick

West Ham: Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Mavropanos; Cresswell, Soucek, Ward-Prowse, Emerson; Kudus, Paqueta; Antonio

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