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Striker misses West Brom with groin issue!

SakhoDiafra Sakho will be missing from the Irons squad tonight having suffered one of those famous groin injuries players seem to get in the transfer window!

And with Michail Antonio still recovering from his own groin strain, manager David Moyes looks set to stick with Marko Arnautovic as his central striker against West Bromwich Albion at the London Stadium this evening.

Andy Carroll and  Chicharito are both available to join him as a partner should the manager choose to go that way.

We have heard that Sakho – despite a scan showing nothing – is feeling his groin and will be unavailable for selection as the Irons take on the Baggies for the first game pf the New Year.

Skipper Mark Noble will undergo a fitness test on his  hamstring problem this afternoon with David Moyes reportedly keen to bring him back into the team.

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The boss is keeping his team very much under wraps until just before kick off and there is no word on the formation at this stage.


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7 comments on “Striker misses West Brom with groin issue!

  1. Well done Moyes ….. tell’em nothing . I know what I would like to see but that’s only my thoughts as to what should happen .
    Hit them hard from the first whistle …. it’s time to bomb someone with our artilliary .
    No excuse not to smash West Brom tonight .

  2. Agreed Kevin.If we cannot blitz this lot tonight i have serious worries for the rest of the season.

  3. If Carroll starts tonight kev and he’s fekin shyte , I’ll meet you outside the saloon at midday tomorrow 😂 and ffs don’t forget the bullets in you’re gun 😎

  4. Imagine Sahko been out of squad anyways bc they want him sold.
    Hopefully we see Ginge & Arnie get a goal we should be able to beat WBA & if Arnie & Lanzini are on form & hopefully not playing Kouyate & Obaing in mid together tho Moyes seems to like that.
    Should win this game would like to at least see Ox on the bench.

  5. We will win as long as we play with finesse and high tempo up front (Brum defenders are solid but heavy), and stay disciplined in the back (They will tighten defence and strike on the wings with Phillips and McClean, with Rodriguez collecting).

    That is why I think Chicharito needs to play. He combines very well with Arnie and Lanzini in quick one touch plays on the floor. That will derail WBA defenders. High balls won’t be a problem for Evans and co.

  6. If he is gonna go is it too much to expect the sale to depend on us getting a replacement? I don’t think Arnautovich can be expected to carry the striker role for the rest of the season & Carroll & Hernandez are not firing ( & are likely to get injured if they do start playing). I still think Sakho would be the best striker of those three but it seems things have gone too far with him now.
    The daft thing according to the experts the big problem for the struggling sides is lack of strikers. In theory we have enough strikers but we still let in too many goals when we try to go on the offensive. I would not be surprised to see the Baggies sit back & let us shoot ourselves in the foot again. Then there is the referee to deal with- not going to start on that one again.

  7. He has been feeling his groin for most of his duration at the club, if he spent less time feeling it and more time playing football he would probably have been more successful, sooner he is sold the better.

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