By Dean White

16th Mar, 2021 | 5:53pm

West Ham Women Expert: Hammers injury woes 'Big blow' ahead of clash v B'ham

We’re delighted to welcome Michelle Irons as our exclusive West Ham Women’s expert. Each week she’ll be giving her views on the biggest talking points at Victoria Road…

West Ham will have to make do without Adriana Leon, Lois Joel, Mackenzie Arnold and Leanne Kiernan when they take on Birmingham in the WSL on Wednesday night.

Olli Harder’s side welcomes ninth-placed Birmingham to Victoria Road this week in a bid to move themselves off the bottom of the WSL table.

However, ahead of the match, it was announced on West Ham’s website that Canada international Leon, 28, will miss the rest of the 2020/21 season after she opted to undergo surgery last Friday.

West Ham physio Elena Jobson confirmed Leon had “fractured a bone in her foot”.

Leon had played in every WSL match for West Ham before her absence against Chelsea earlier this month, scoring one goal and supplying one assist in her 13 league appearances for the Irons.

Joel and Arnold are expected to return before the end of the season while Kiernan, who’s suffered with shin splits, could be back within the next month.

West Ham Zone’s Women’s expert Michelle Irons is gutted with Jobson’s injury update on the squad but is hopeful the team can still produce a result against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

“The injuries to Leon, Joel, Kieran and Mac are a big blow considering we have a small squad. However, we are boosted with the likes of Kenza Dali coming back linking up fantastically with Martha Thomas,” she told West Ham Zone.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Dagny Brynjarsdóttir more and I think she can really make an impact with Emily van Egmond in midfield.

“That’s ultimately what I’m looking for against Birmingham – a really strong game from midfield who can then provide Thomas with some great opportunities to score.

“I think we will win against Birmingham.”

Birmingham are without a win in their last seven WSL matches dating back to their Second City derby victory over Aston Villa on November 14.

Carla Ward’s side have lost their last three matches to Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton 4-0 and all have been at home.

West Ham’s form has not been great as of late but Birmingham’s, if anything, has been worse and a positive result definitely seems on the cards for the London club this week.

In other West Ham Women news, Michelle Irons has reacted to Emily Ramsey’s arrival on loan from Manchester United.