Ryan Fredericks officially out of Leeds game
West Ham will not have the services of right-back Ryan Fredericks for the game against Leeds United, confirms David Moyes.
The Hammers defender started the game against Manchester United on Wednesday and provided the assist for the only goal that saw his side through to the next round.
However, he had to be subbed off after 17 minutes, and Moyes has stated that he’s not quite recovered in time.
He said, via Football London, “Fredericks is the only player we have major concerns over, he felt his groin and he won’t be fit for this game.
“With the amount of games, we have got we want everyone ready to play so I am hoping they can all do that. I am not sure how serious Ryan’s is.”
Fredericks does not get too many glimpses to showcase his brilliance due to how good Vladimir Coufal has been.
However, when he was given the chance against Man United away from home, he took it, and played an assist that was labelled as “magnificent” [Claret and Hugh] to Manuel Lanzini.
Given his lack of game time, we were quite impressed by how effortlessly he ran down the right flank and this seemed like the same Fredericks who used to start games regularly.
However, his lack of match fitness eventually caught up with him, given Moyes a huge dilemma in terms of backups.
Thankfully, with Arthur Masuaku back, he can serve as a left-back understudy which means Ben Johnson could be deployed in Coufal’s absence.
It’s not ideal, but thankfully for West Ham fans, it’s the only injury concern for this game.
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