David Moyes has confirmed that West Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena has been forced into isolation this week.
The Paraguayan international was missing from the FA Cup victory over Stockport County, and Moyes has explained that absence on Friday.
Balbuena has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but there are no suggestions he breached regulations.
The defender is likely to miss the upcoming clash against Burnley, as Moyes confirmed his team news to the media today.
“We’ve been okay with injuries recently and have only had Łukasz Fabiański and Arthur Masuaku missing,” he said.
“Fabián Balbuena has had to isolate too because he came into contact with somebody [who tested positive for COVID-19].”
The 29-year-old has yet to feature since the 2-2 draw against Brighton at the end of December in the Premier League.
Balbuena has since missed games with Southampton and Everton, although Moyes claimed at the time that he was just rested for those two.
Burnley will offer a different test than others this weekend, with their physical approach enough to cause problems for anyone.
Craig Dawson has proved to be an excellent replacement in recent weeks, and only he has averaged more clearances than Balbuena this season according to WhoScored.
Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes will be more of a handful for the Irons defence this weekend, and we would have preferred to have had our strongest defenders available if possible.
Hopefully, he returns for the West Brom clash.
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