West Ham XI vs Southampton: lineup planned, team news, injuries, latest Covid for Premier League today
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His availability depends on when he provides a negative test, but Moyes has said he hopes to reunite with Antonio during the holiday season.
“He has no symptoms and I have to say he is doubly vaccinated,” Moyes said
“For all these things, I hope we can get it back, yes. The rules have changed so I think he will have a chance.
“I never said Boxing Day, I said Christmas. I’ll find out more later and we’ll see.
Jarrod Bowen is expected to lead the line in Antonio’s absence. The Hammers are expected to do without Aaron Cresswell again, who was injured late last month against Man City when he collided with the post.
With Vladimir Coufal back from suspension, it is likely that he will enter the squad directly from the right-back with Ben Johnson potentially to the left of the defense.
Of Cresswell’s injury, Moyes said: “It’s taking longer than expected.
” We miss him. He’s slipped into the post at Man City and he’s got a slight, I don’t know if you call him on his rib or his vertebrae, but he’s got something that’s wrong with him.
West Ham XI predicted (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson; Rice, Soucek; Benrahma, Lanzini, Fornals; Bowen
When: Sunday December 26, 3:00 p.m.
West Ham team: Fabianski, Martin, Randolph, Areola, Diop, Dawson, Alese, Baptise, Ashby, Johnson, Coufal, Masuaku, Longelo, Rice, Soucek, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Yarmolenko, Fornals, Lanzini, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio, Perkins .
Injured: Ogbonna (knee), Zouma (hamstrings)
Doubts: Cresswell (back), Antonio (Covid)
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