Moyes reveals disappointing Scamacca news


Scamacca will be missing again

By Hughie Southon
David Moyes has revealed that striker Gianluca Scamacca is to have surgery on his injured knee which he damaged while on international duty.
It’s a big blow for the Hammers and although the manager hasn’t been able to assess the squad since it returned from Belgium hopefully Danny Ings will be ok.
Michail Antonio is believed to  be fine but there is no indication at this stage for how long Scamacca will be ruled out after making just 16 Premier League appearances this season.

Moyes – commenting on the situation within the squad said: “​We are only just back so we are still getting ourselves together. Hopefully, everybody is okay. The only news is Gianluca Scamacca is due to have an operation on his knee tomorrow. “

We could hardly face a tougher test than Arsenal and it can only be hoped that the reputation we have sometimes enjoyed of playing much better against stronger opposition comes to the fore against the Gooners.

Moyes continues to believe we are on a much better run of form and wants us to rediscover our London Stadium form after the horrendous and self inflicted defeat against Newcastle.

He said: “I do think we are on a much better run of form. If we take out the Newcastle game, I think we have been defensively solid. So I am happy with how we have been doing. “

On Arsenal he said: “They are very good. And they have a good record on the road. It makes it a difficult game but we have had a good couple of games against Arsenal over the past years and hopefully, we can do that again. 

“We will put out a team that will try and beat Arsenal. Last year, we challenged a lot of the so-called ‘big teams’ so we will try to give them a good game.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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