By Sam Stone

4th May, 2022 | 6:10am

West Ham given boost as Frankfurt without Lindstrom for Europa League second-leg

West Ham have been given a boost heading into their Europa League semi-final second leg, as Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom is set to be unavailable.

Lindstrom started in an attacking midfield in the first leg at the London Stadium, however, he limped off with a suspected thigh injury [BuliNews].

Frankfurt reporter Steffen Potter believes Lindstrom’s absence will be a big loss for the home side.

Writing for the official Uefa preview, Potter said: “It seems unlikely that Jesper Lindstrom will be available, and his pace and skill will certainly be missed.”

Potter added: “In defence, it is likely that Almamy Toure would replace Martin Hinteregger should he not recover in time for Thursday.”

Hammers’ boost

West Ham need to go into this game confident they can secure another historic result in Europe.

The news of Hinteregger and Lindstrom potentially being unavailable should give David Moyes’ side the belief they can capitilise on a potentially weaker Frankfurt side.

This Frankfurt side are far from invincible, having recently lost to Bayer Leverkusen in their last Bundesliga fixture.

Furthermore, Frankfurt are currently 11th in the Bundesliga after a tough run domestically.

However, one concern for the Moyes’ side is the freshness of their squad compared to their hosts.

Frankfurt made nine changes to their Europa League starting eleven in their defeat to Leverkusen.

Whereas West Ham were forced to play the likes of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen for 90 minutes in their Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

West Ham are more than capable of getting a result in Germany, the real question is whether their bruised, threadbare squad will be able to muster yet another magic evening to send the Irons back to Sevilla.

In other West Ham news, Tony Cottee lets slip that West Ham have ‘done a deal’ for summer transfer and says it will be ‘announced soon’.

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