Sky Sports Contributor and injury expert Ben Dinnery said players like West Ham United could now face a “huge spike” in fitness issues.
The Lowdown: Moyes injury woes…
The Irons and manager David Moyes have faced a fair share of fitness worries, including an injury to summer signing Nayef Aguerd, who has still been unable to play for the east Londoners.
Premier League sides also face a still-crowded fixture schedule in the build-up to this winter’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which could further heighten concerns.
Dinnery, which also runs the Premier Injuries website, has now shared its potentially worrying consensus.
The latest: West Ham could be on the verge of a ‘huge spike’…
Speaking to Football Insider, the injury expert says player issues are ‘starting to escalate’, and West Ham may well be hit with a ‘huge spike’ in problems given their upcoming Europa commitments Conference League will frequently let them play two or even three games in eight days.
He explained: “Playing three matches in a week with a fairly quick deadline and extra travel, that’s quite understandable.
“When we look at injury incidence data, it’s normally around weeks three, four and five that we see a huge spike in incidence. That’s been the case for the last four or five seasons.
“Over the past few days we’ve seen players suffer a lot of hamstring incidents as the players started to ramp up. We also have this midweek game now.
“So there will always be this adjustment period to go from the offseason to playing again.
“One game a week is manageable, but when you throw another game in there, you screw everything up in terms of pre-game and post-game recovery strategies.”
Verdict: Unheard of…
The busy schedule in the build-up to the Qatar tournament will inevitably lead to more injuries and problems for sides up and down the English top flight, with West Ham looking among the most vulnerable teams due to their European commitments and the size relatively small team. .
Moyes and his coaching staff will be hoping they can minimize the damage as much as possible throughout a crucial campaign at the London Stadium.