By Jonty Banks

28th Mar, 2023 | 10:10am

ExWHUEmployee: David Moyes has injury-free West Ham United squad for Southampton showdown

David Moyes has an injury-free West Ham United squad for the upcoming Premier League clash against Southampton on Sunday (2 April), according to ExWHUEmployee.

The international break is notoriously a torrid time for club managers, with players returning with niggles and injuries after representing their countries.

However, for West Ham, the Premier League hiatus has allowed first-team players such as Lukasz Fabianski, who suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket against Nottingham Forest last month, and Michail Antonio, who was holding a calf injury, to recover from their respective injuries.

Speaking on the West Ham Way Podcast (Monday, 27 March), Ex said: “This is a massive boost for us ahead of this must-win game. At the moment there are no reported injury issues which is a great thing for us.

“So pending no injuries are picked up, to have a fully fit squad at this stage of the season could prove vital, especially on Sunday with Southampton losing key players.”

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David Moyes would have been sweating over the prospect of an injury-plagued West Ham United squad after the international break, but it seems that luck has gone his way.

Looking at the likes of Leeds United, who have seen key players Max Wober and Willy Gnonto pick up injuries over the last week, it shows just how detrimental such a break can be to a club’s fortunes over a season.

With a fully-fit squad to pick from, Moyes can now attack the closing stretch of the Premier League season with full force in the hope of drawing clear of the relegation zone.

The 18th position the Hammers currently sit in looks far worse than it actually is.

One win could see Moyes’ side climb all the way up to the realms of 12th if other results miraculously went their way, while a three-game burst of form could be enough to draw clear of the bottom three for good.

It is all good talking the talk, though, and it is now time for Moyes to put his fully fit squad to good use.