Issa Diop is making a good recovery from injury but is unlikely to make the kind of progress we saw from Kurt Zouma who made a surprise return against Eintracht Frankfurt.
And whilst Angelo Ogbonna is back on grass the manager has made it clear that he’d be very surprised were he to be back in action before next season.
And with Craig Dawson suspended for the game against Arsenal that means Moysie will have to go in a different direction at central defence for Sundays game.
Moyes was giving an update on the injured players at his pre-match presser making it clear he had no more to say about the Frankfurt second leg until after the game against the north London outfit.
He explained that Diop is making a good recovery and holds hope he could return to playing before the end of the campaign.
He added: “Issa is making a really good recovery and there’s always an outside chance he’ll be back before the end of the season.
Moyes continued: “I couldn’t give you any updates at the moment. We’re waiting on the players to arrive in and we’re going to be training later on, on Friday.
“Angelo has had an ACL injury but he’s back and has started running on the grass, which is great news. But the chances of being fit for some time this season… I very much doubt it.”
He was asked if he would consider giving an opportunity to any of young players who have steered the U23s to second place in Premier League 2 Division 1 this season.
He added: “I think, ideally, you’d always like to reward the young players. Some of our U23s have done great this year. They’re going to finish second in their league, behind Manchester City, which is an incredible achievement. It shows the signs.
“It’s not just that. Our U18s are second in their league, our U17s have just won the London Cup, and there’s a lot of things behind the scenes that are beginning to grow and be better here.
“But I think when it’s the games like Arsenal and the level of those players, I think you need to be careful when you put young players in. You need to make sure you help your senior players as well and that they’ve got enough belief to rely on the players around them.”