By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Jan, 2022 | 5:55am

Ryan Fredericks missed West Ham v Norwich due to a knock, trained ahead of Leeds

Ryan Fredericks could be available to play for West Ham against Leeds United after missing the Norwich game, according to ExWHUemployee.

The reliable Hammers insider claimed on the West Ham Way Patreon that the 29-year-old right-back picked up a knock during the FA Cup win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but he was in line to play in the match against the Canaries during the week, only for the club to decide against risking him after a late pain before the game.

Ryan Fredericks returned to training on Friday and could now be in contention to feature when the Whites come visiting the London Stadium on Sunday (16 January).

Boost?

The West Ham full-back has only played two minutes of Premier League football in 2021-22, and David Moyes would have been keen for him to get action against the 20th-placed team.

However, Vladimir Coufal got the nod, and given that Leeds could prove tricky, handing Fredericks his first league start of the campaign against such an opponent may not be likely.

Nevertheless, Moyes will look to make the best decision for the game, and he has three options available, with Ben Johnson also in contention.

It is probably the only time this season that the Hammers are spoilt for choices in a position at the back.

Fredericks is out of contract at the end of this season, but a top performance against Leeds could change his fortunes.

With a lot of games still to play this term, the right-back will definitely get a couple of chances to play for his future at the London Stadium if he manages to stay fit.

Whether he can do that remains to be seen, but there is definitely a good player in him, and a run of games could be all he needs to finally start firing on all cylinders.

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