Injury update- Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid out for the season

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that the injured trio of Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid will be out for the season. The Chilean gaffer also didn’t appear to be too optimistic over a return for Jack Wilshere either, saying that he had “some doubts if he will be ready”

Wilshere and Sanchez were brought in to strengthen the Hammers midfield, an area identified by Pellegrini at the beginning of the season as one requiring serious reinforcement. Declan Rice’s rise has mitigated the problems caused by their absence, but Pellegrini has been forced to use the youngster and veteran Mark Noble as a pairing in almost every match, with Pedro Obiang off the bench and Robert Snodgrass filling in there from time to time. Rice has grown in stature with every fixture following a tough start on the opening day of the season against Liverpool, and has even earned a nomination for Young Player of the Year at the 2019 London Football Awards.

Arnie and Yarmo

However Pellegrini did have some good news on the Manuel Lanzini front, saying that the Argentine playmaker could be expected to atleast make it to the bench for the game against Fulham in a fortnight’s time. He also mentioned that Fabian Balbuena’s recovery was going well, and that the Paraguayan could also be back in a “couple of weeks”.

Central defence, like central midfield has been a headache for Pellegrini. With Reid having missed the entire season so far and James Collins leaving the London Stadium, the Chilean effectively had only three centrebacks at his disposal- Issa Diop, Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna.

West Ham face Crystal Palace this weekend, with a victory at Selhurst Park capable of seeing them rise to 9th in the league table. The loss at Wimbledon means they’ll have an off next weekend, with the Fulham game to be played on the 22nd of this month.

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