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West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta sidelined with calf injury
Injury Blow for West Ham Midfielder Lucas Paqueta
Puzzling news emerged from West Ham United as it was revealed that influential midfielder Lucas Paqueta could face an extended spell on the sidelines due to a troublesome calf injury. The Brazilian playmaker aggravated the issue during Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Bristol City, having initially suffered the setback in December against Arsenal. As a result of this recurrence, he is set to undergo further assessment by a specialist to determine the severity of his condition.
A Key Figure in West Ham’s Resurgence
This unfortunate turn of events comes at a crucial time for manager David Moyes and his team, as they continue their impressive resurgence in recent years. Paqueta had emerged as a key figure in West Ham’s success throughout last year and played an instrumental role in their Europa Conference League triumph over Fiorentina. It was his pinpoint pass that led to Jarrod Bowen’s match-winning goal which secured their first trophy after an agonizing drought spanning four decades.
Bowen Joins Injury List Alongside Paqueta
To compound matters for Moyes and his side, winger Jarrod Bowen also suffered an ankle problem during the same game against Bristol City. While the injury is not as severe as initially feared, it is likely to keep him out of action for a couple of games, including the replay against Bristol City and the Premier League clash with Sheffield United.
Attacking Options Limited for West Ham
The injuries to Paqueta and Bowen have further depleted West Ham’s attacking options at a time when they are already without Mohammed Kudus due to his participation in the African Cup of Nations. Additionally, veteran striker Michail Antonio has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury sustained while on international duty. These circumstances make it unlikely that any potential loan move for Danny Ings will be sanctioned by the club.
Potential Targets Identified by West Ham Officials
As Moyes looks to strengthen his squad amidst these challenges, reports suggest that Sunderland winger Jack Clarke and former Tottenham wide man Steven Bergwijn, now playing at Ajax, have both emerged as potential transfer targets for West Ham.
This latest update on Lucas Paqueta’s injury serves as disappointing news for West Han United fans who were hoping to see their influential midfielder continue his stellar performances. However, Moyes’ side remains determined to overcome this setback and push forward in their pursuit of success this season.
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