Ian Abrahams believes Jarrod Bowen 'very doubtful' for West Ham second leg v Sevilla
Jarrod Bowen is ‘very doubtful’ to play in the second leg of West Ham v Sevilla next week, according to talkSPORT journalist Ian Abrahams.
Bowen missed the first-leg defeat in Spain after failing to recover from a foot injury that forced him off at Anfield against Liverpool at the weekend.
David Moyes has admitted he doesn’t know when Bowen will be available for selection again, but ‘Moose’ told talkSPORT [March 11, 6:38am] that he thinks the injury is ‘more serious’ than suggested and says it would need a ‘miracle doctor’ for the 25-year-old to play.
“There are mixed messages coming out about this,” he said.
“I don’t think he’ll be fit for next week, I think it’s more serious than what is being alluded to, but, we’ll wait and see.
“David Moyes made a strange statement last night, saying that it’s not nothing which is what he initially thought when he came off at Anfield and that Jarrod isn’t making the progress that he was hoping for, but when he gets home he might be fit.
“Unless he’s seeing some miracle doctor, I think it’s very doubtful that Bowen plays the second leg but West Ham need goals without him in the team. You can’t rely on him being in the team and scoring goals.”
Bowen has been the main man for West Ham this season, with double figures for goals and assists in all competitions.
He was on the verge of his first call up to the England senior team too later this month before tragedy struck and he was hurt at the weekend.
It’s unclear when he will return, but it seems as though the Hammers and the manager are trying to keep a positive mindset when it comes to his future availability.
It’s really important that the club don’t rush him back though, because it could risk further damage being done and put him at risk long term.
West Ham can win this tie without him, they showed that in the first leg with the chances they created and with their performance against Liverpool even after he went off.
But being without him is a blow no matter what, because he is one of the best players to wear claret and blue in recent years.
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