By Jonty Banks

27th Mar, 2023 | 10:10am

Early West Ham United team news v Southampton in Premier League - Injury Expert

David Moyes could be without three West Ham United players for the upcoming Premier League showdown against relegation rivals Southampton on Sunday (2 April), according to injury expert Ben Dinnery.

Writing for the Premier Injuries website, Dinnery shared that first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was currently being assessed for the fractured cheekbone and eye socket he sustained against Nottingham Forest, standing a 50% chance of playing and having a potential return date of 2 April.

Michail Antonio remains a 50/50 doubt with a calf injury he picked up in the European Conference League win against AEK Larnaca, with a potential return date of 2 April.

Despite impressing on international duty in Czech Republic’s 3-0 win against Poland, right-back Vladimir Coufal picked up an ankle injury that means he has just a 25% status ahead of the crunch clash against Southampton.

Could be worse

Considering that Leeds United have lost first-team stars Willy Gnonto and Max Wober ahead of their Premier League return, it seems like West Ham could be in a far worse scenario.

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Although there is still ample time for players to pick up injuries in the international break, it seems as though the majority have made it through unscathed.

The major positive is that Declan Rice continued to flourish in the heart of England’s midfield, scoring in the win against Italy and once again impressing against Ukraine.

If the Englishman can take this rich vein of form into his club action, it will go a long way to helping the Hammers maintain their Premier League status.

One player Moyes will hope can return to first-team action as soon as possible is Fabianski.

Although Alphonse Areola is a perfectly able understudy, the 37-year-old’s experience in between the sticks and in the dressing room could be crucial over the coming months.