David Moyes downplays fears over Jesse Lingard’s fitness after West Ham star got away in defeat to Newcastle, while Hammers boss insisted ‘it was just cramping’ amid a build-up of injuries among the top four hopefuls
- David Moyes has alleviated injury concerns for star man Jesse Lingard
- The West Ham star, 28, stumbled away towards the end of the Newcastle defeat
- Moyes insists that Lingard had cramps and that it was “nothing serious.”
- The Hammers are in the midst of an injury crisis with stars
David Moyes has allayed fears about Jesse Lingard’s condition after the West Ham star was hit in Saturday’s defeat in Newcastle.
Lingard, 28, has been in sensational form for The Hammers since being loaned from Manchester United in January, adding to his score at St James ‘Park with a penalty to make it nine goals for Moyes’ side this season .
However, the Englishman was hobbled away at Tyneside in the final stages of the match to concern West Ham fans amid an injury build-up at the East London club.
David Moyes has allayed fears about Jesse Lingard’s condition after stumbling to Newcastle
The 28-year-old got away in the final knockout of the defeat to Steve Bruce on Saturday
The Hammers have lost Declan Rice and Michail Antonio to knee and hamstring injuries, respectively, while Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko have also been sidelined with punches.
Therefore, an injury to Lingard would be a further blow to Moyes’ hopes for a remarkable top four finish for Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs.
However, the Scot has maintained that the problem Lingard suffered was “nothing serious” after their setback against Steve Bruce’s wrestlers.
“I think it was just cramping, I don’t think it was anything serious,” Moyes told reporters after the game. ‘I think the only thing about Jesse is, Jesse is a really fit guy.
Moyes insists, however, that “it was just a cramp” in an attempt to allay concerns about Lingard
The Hammers have been hit by injuries to key stars Declan Rice (left) and Michail Antonio (right)
‘He wants to play. I think I push all my players hard, Jesse is no different. He will not receive any favorite treatment – certainly not for a Scot entering the euro! We are very happy with him. ‘
Moyes will be without defender Craig Dawson next week for the visit of four best rivals Chelsea, after the 30-year-old was sent off in the first half of Saturday’s game.
The Englishman has been imperious for the Hammers ever since he got a shot from Moyes in the back four, winning 10 and signing three of the 17 best flight games he played for West Ham.
Dawson’s move from Championship side Watford will be made permanent this summer, with the defender’s 15th Premier League appearance for the club entailing a £ 2 million commitment to buy him in the next transfer window.