Pundit wants West Ham United to drop Maxwel Cornet v Anderlecht after injury scare

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Maxwel Cornet should be left out of the West Ham side to play Anderlecht on Thursday after his injury scare against Wolves, according to Frank McAvennie.

The Ivorian limped off on Saturday evening with what looked like a calf injury, and was absent from training on Wednesday morning ahead of the Europa Conference League clash in midweek.

And McAvennie believes that he should be left out of the game if he’s carrying a knock because David Moyes has a big enough squad to deal with injuries and it’s not worth risking him if he could then end up missing more games as a result.

“Anyone is a blow now,” he told West Ham Zone. “Getting an injury after coming in, there’s people coming in now and they’re hitting the ground running. You’ve got to now.

“These boys are coming in, getting a chance and they’re taking it. Which is great. But if you get a little injury you get left out. If he’s got a knock he’ll get left out and the fans won’t have a problem with that.

Even if he’s your best player, they will believe that if there’s anyone with a little knock or a player who might miss the weekend, David’s got a big enough squad that he can do that.

“He’s done it before. It happened at Celtic a few weeks ago where he rested 7 or 9 players, you can’t do that. It’s not good for the team. You want to get a wee run going, so whoever has got knocks will not play. Apart from that it’ll be a full strength team.

“You’d rather they missed one game and play the rest of them, than play during the week and miss three or four games.”