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. [Read more…]

Lanzini out of World Cup after suffering knee injury in training

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his knee ligaments. The ACL injury was picked up in training, just six days before Argentina begin their World Cup campaign.

The 2018 World Cup would’ve been Lanzini’s first, and this injury also puts him in serious doubt for the start of the new Premier League season.

Argentina have not announced a replacement yet- there doesn’t appear to be a like-for-like replacement in Sampaoli’s 23. Mauro Icardi’s name will always get taken, but the Inter striker doesn’t play the same role as Lanzini and is unlikely to be called up [Read more…]

Umbro & West Ham unveil 2018-19 season shirts

West Ham have become the second Umbro outfitted Premier League club to reveal their new shirts for the 18/19 season. Everton were the first to do so last month and the Hammers have followed suit now, shortly after announcing Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss. While the Toffees only chose to unveil their new home kit, West Ham have gone one step ahead and revealed both home and away kits for the new season.

While there’s been some mixed feedback from fans regarding the lack of blue on the sleeves, we think the home one is a pretty good effort from Umbro! The away though feels like a bit of a let down. Were yellow socks the best idea? Should it have been “dark teal” all through? [Read more…]

Lanzini one of six Premier League based players in Jorge Sampaoli’s Argentine squad

West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini is one of six Premier League based players in Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23 member squad. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly for some), there is no space for in form Inter striker Maurio Icardi (nor for Icardi’s soon to be teammate Lautaro Martinez), with Sampaoli chosing to go with Messi, Higuain, Dybala and Aguero upfront. [Read more…]

International Round up- Lanzini, Arnautovic score, Rice MOTM for Ireland

There was some good news for West Ham fans in the first set of matches during the March international break. Star playmaker Manuel Lanzini made his first start for Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in a friendly against Italy and scored an absolute screamer to help Sampaoli’s men beat the 2006 World Cup winners. His goal came shortly after Ever Banega had finished off a team move to put Argentina 1-0 ahead.

Marko Arnautovic netted twice as Austria beat Slovenia in a friendly.

Versatile midfielder Declan Rice was named Man of the Match in the Republic of Ireland’s game against Turkey, despite them ending on the losing side thanks to Mehmet Topal’s second half strike.

Lanzini is however expected to be a doubt for Argentina’s next game after picking up a knock in the fixture against the Azzurri. [Read more…]