Aaron Cresswell to face late fitness test ahead of Brighton clash
West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell will face a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Brighton, according to Claret and Hugh.
The full-back was withdrawn in the closing stages against Manchester City on Sunday after hitting his back on the goal post while attempting to make a goal-saving interception.
David Moyes revealed after the game that while Cresswell is okay, his back was stiff and he went into a spasm that made it difficult for him to move his leg afterwards.
Time to rest him?
Graham Potters’ side must not be underrated as West Ham look to bounce back from back-to-back Premier League defeats, but there is no sense risking Cresswell for the game if he is not fully fit.
He has started all 13 league games so far this season and featured in five games across other competitions, so handing him a deserved rest for the next home clash will not be a bad idea ahead of the Chelsea game.
Vladimir Coufal replaced the 31-year-old for the remaining 30 minutes of the Man City game, and the Czech Republic international could return to the starting XI for the Brighton match, with Ben Johnson or Arthur Masuaku playing at left-back.
The Hammers boss will most likely make some changes to his line-up on Wednesday with the Blues game on Saturday in mind, and the fringe players have to prove themselves if they are handed a chance.
West Ham will miss the creativity and defensive work rate of Cresswell if he misses out on the game at the London Stadium, but it could do him and the team a lot of good ahead of the busy fixtures.
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