ExWHUemployee shares West Ham United injury update on Lukasz Fabianski and Craig Dawson
ExWHUemployee believes West Ham United duo Lukasz Fabianski and Craig Dawson could be back in contention to face Nottingham Forest.
Goalkeeper Fabianski was forced off in the first half with a dead leg, while defender Dawson missed the game through injury meaning David Moyes had just one available centre-back.
The Hammers fell to a 2-0 defeat to Man City, but Ex told his podcast [August 8] that the hope is that both players will recover in time to feature in the next game away at Forest.
“Fabianski got a knock during the game going for a cross,” he said.
“He took a cross, got a knee I think to his hip which can happen sometimes when you hit a funny bone and it numbed his leg and meant he had a lack of mobility and lot of pain so they subbed him off.
“Something like that tends to wear off after 2/3 days so hopefully in his case he should be available for Nottingham Forest. I think they’re going to check him out today [Monday].
“The players are in for training today to do injury assessments and look over what went wrong against City, but Fabianski I think should be back for Forest.
“Dawson was ruled out of the game with a thigh injury. I’d heard about that two or three days before but chose not to tell anyone. He has a thigh strain. He’s been struggling throughout pre-season and he hasn’t had a complete pre-season.
“The thigh played up again and they didn’t want to risk him, but I’m not sure how long he’s out for. I don’t think it’s long term, he might even be in contention for the Forest game but I don’t know factually on that.
“I don’t think it’s a long-term injury anyway.”
It’s been a really tough weekend for Hammers fans everywhere, but at least we’ve got some good news coming out of the camp.
Fabianski got the nod over Areola before his knock which suggests that if he’s fit and available then he will be starting in the Premier League for West Ham this season.
Dawson on the other hand isn’t expected to be first choice this season when everyone is fit, but with Aguerd likely out injured until the World Cup at the earliest and Ogbonna not yet match fit Moyes needs him back as soon as possible.
Issa Diop is off to Fulham, meaning Zouma is the only senior centre back available and Dawson was able to play through the pain barrier several times last season and turned in great performances.
Having him back for the game against a hungry, newly promoted side will be huge for West Ham’s chances of getting the first points of the season.