Ahead of Hammers 'next cup final', the words used by Mark Noble to describe the sequence of seven games that will determine the club's European destiny, a crumb of 'injury' comfort has been revealed, it may be conjecture or 'porkies' but David Moyes stated the following in his pre-match presser this morning.
"Aaron Cresswell picked up a bit of an injury on Sunday and we need to check him out and like every other club we’re getting bumps and bruises. We’ll make a decision on Aaron today. He’s a doubt but we hope he’ll be OK". Moyes added that Michail Antonio and Declan Rice are not in contention, but are working hard in order that they can be able to participate in some of the remaining fixtures.
Hammers injury list has become a situation that now requires incredibly dextrous handling in order to see the 'forest for the trees', put simply there are very few options available for the manager to navigate his way through the final stretch, the team is running on empty, and there is a genuine fear that the wheels might come of the 'Hammers band wagon' during the tricky trip away to Newcastle, one of only two teams to beat the Irons at the as yet Unnamed Stadium.
The Toon are fighting for their Barclays Premier League survival, and willbe desperate forthe win, their recent results have relieved the pressure somewhat, and it is hoped that will slightly diminish their approach, a draw up at St James' would not be a bad result, a loss would be 'challenging'.
Seven more excruciating ninety plus more minutes to go, so, hair loss, heart attacks et tout, bring it on - Ed.