West Ham injury news: Hammers without a recognised left-back after Arthur Masuaku ruled out for six weeks

23 Sep

West Ham are set to be without Arthur Masuaku for a minimum of six weeks after the defender damaged knee ligaments.


The news means that the Hammers will be without a recognised left-back for the visit of Southampton on Sunday, with Aaron Cresswell also recovering from a knee ligament injury.

The 22-year-old Frenchman was brought in for £6million from Olympiakos in August as cover for Cresswell.

Yet boss Slaven Bilic does not believe that the injuries will affect his side, despite having conceded eight goals in just two Premier League games.

“Some players can play in different positions, and you can fill gaps, but when you have two left-backs who have done the same ligaments it’s not good news,” he said.

“But I’m not looking for excuses. But we have a good team and I expect us to do it on Sunday.”

Defeat to Southampton at the London Stadium could leave the Irons’ rooted to the bottom of the table, and Bilic has called on the fans to get behind the team.

“I want the fans to be behind us, and they will be,” he said.

“We need their support more than ever and they will play a big part in this game. We need them all the time, but especially now to help get out of this situation. I have no doubt they will be very positive.”

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