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West Ham United Ace Ruled Out For A Couple Of Weeks: Can Moyes Cope With His Absence?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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West Ham United have confirmed on their official website that Lukasz Fabianski has sustained a hip injury and the recent scans have revealed that he will only be sidelined for a fortnight. The Polish shot-stopper reinjured his hip when attempting a goal-kick in the 13th minute of last week’s 1-0 loss against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League. He had to go off injured and was replaced by David Martin who made a disastrous error which led to the Hammers conceding the only goal of the contest.

Hence, David Moyes will be quite happy with the fact that his first-choice goalkeeper’s injury is not as serious as first thought. West Ham’s Head of Medical, Richard Collinge shed some light on Fabianski’s injury and said (via whufc.com), “It is good news in the sense that Lukasz hasn’t aggravated or suffered any recurrence of the previous injury.

“The scan has showed some slight inflammation and irritation of scar tissue, which is quite common after surgery, and obviously the source of the discomfort he felt on Friday.

“We now just need to let the inflammation settle down and expect Lukasz to be available again within a couple of weeks.”

Fabianski’s Injury Hit Season At The English Capital

The veteran custodian has been a sporadic feature for the Hammers this season as a hip injury kept him out of action for a long time before he made his comeback against Leicester City last month.

Fabianski has made ten appearances for the East London outfit this term, conceding ten goals while securing five clean sheets in the English top-flight thus far. However, his pass success rate has been poor as it stands at 47.7% as he often goes long when distributing the ball (stats via whoscored). The former Arsenal goalie also has a wealth of experience at the international level, having earned 52 senior caps for the Polish national side, shipping in 41 goals while keeping 25 shutouts on all fronts.

Fabianski’s record for both club and country has been exceptional in recent seasons, so his injury absence over the next couple of weeks could make life difficult for Moyes’ players in the top tier of England.

Can Moyes Cope With Fabianski’s Absence?

The Hammers are set to take on Everton at home next in the league but then, face a daunting task of travelling to Leicester City before an FA Cup fourth-round clash versus West Bromwich Albion in London.

Moyes doesn’t have a suitable back-up in David Martin or Roberto Jimenez to cope with Fabianski’s unavailability for those matches. Therefore, West Ham should either make it a priority to sign an ideal back-up goalie this month or risk life without Fabianski in the upcoming games.

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