West Ham top PL table - for injuries

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 22nd October 2018

West Ham United have returned to the top of the Premier League table - for injuries!

Andriy Yarmolenko joined the list of West Ham's sidelined players when he injured his foot in a freak accident towards the end of the first half in Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Tottenham at Stratford.

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And he became the SEVENTH first team squad member to be sidelined currently as Manuel Pellegrini seeks to deal with the club's latest injury crisis - albeit his first since joining West Ham in the summer.

West Ham's list of injured players - and their expected return dates - currently looks as follows:

Andy Carroll (ankle): set to return early next month (November)
Manuel Lanzini (knee): hoping to return early next year (January-March)
Winston Reid (knee): hoping to return early next year (January)
Carlos Sanchez (knee): not expected to return this season
Jack Wilshere (ankle): out for a minimum of three months (December-January)
Andriy Yarmolenko (foot): not expected to return this season

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There is also some concern over midfielder Pedro Obiang, who was also omitted from the last weekend's match day squad with a calf strain, whilst Marko Arnautovic has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks.

"Maybe because he missed the goals the last two games you immediately link it with his knee, but all the players have moments where they cannot score and others where they score more," said manager Manuel Pellegrini when asked about his star striker's general fitness. "Marko will return to be the striker that he was last season."

The Premier League clubs currently nursing the most injuries, according to physioroom.com, are as follows*:

7: West Ham Utd
6: Manchester City, Crystal Palace
5: Cardiff City, Manchester Utd, Tottenham, Watford
4: Arsenal, Fulham, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Newcastle Utd
3: Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, Chelsea
2: Everton, Leicester City
1: Southampton
0: Bournemouth, Wolves

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