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Fabianski Out with Nasty Facial Injury Following West Ham’s Weekend Clash with Forest

West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski leaves the pitch injured during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport
West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski leaves the pitch injured during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2023. - Photo by Icon sport

Lukasz Fabianski will miss a significant amount of time after suffering a horrific facial injury for West Ham in the club’s Premier League clash versus Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Polish veteran may require surgery after suffering a fractured cheekbone and eye socket during Saturday’s match against Forest.

Fabianski was promptly substituted after colliding with the knee of Forests’ ex-Atletico Madrid center back Felipe during a set piece.

Moyes Comments on Injury to Fabianski

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Following the incident, this week Irons boss David Moyes said, ‘We don’t quite know whether it’ll be operated on or healing itself, or a time-span at the moment.

“I’m waiting, but I couldn’t give you an answer,” Moyes said to reporters at a recent press conference, “We’ve had the surgeon’s report back but I think there’s a decision to make as to whether it’s surgery or natural healing.”

“It’s huge for us and obviously huge for the goalkeeper as well,’ added Moyes. ‘At the stage of his career for him as well.”

Fabianski joined West Ham for £7 million from Swansea in 2018 and has appeared in 164 games. The ‘keeper has been a mainstay in the starting lineup for the last few seasons and his experience has stood the club.

But, the 37-year-contract old’s at the London Stadium will expire this summer. It now looks like the ‘keeper could move on in the next transfer window. Given his injury, there is a small chance that the Polish net minder has played his last game for the London based side.

Areola Will Come in for Hammers FA Cup Clash

French goalie Alphonse Areola will now have the opportunity to press his claim as West Ham’s starting goalkeeper.

The 30-year-old, who was a member of France’s World Cup squad, has been limited to cup tournaments since joining the club from Paris Saint-Germain last season.

Areola will play for the Hammers in the FA Cup fifth round match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Danny Ings, who scored his first goals for the club in a 4-0 victory over Forest, is cup-tied, thus Michail Antonio, who also scored after entering the game as a substitute and scoring, will likely start in attack for West Ham.

After experiencing the highs of European football under Moyes management the last two seasons, the Hammers have been brought sharply down to earth this season and are firmly placed in a relegation battle.

Their 4-0 win over Forest at the weekend will have offered them some optimism as they found some more breathing space but it will take several more positive results before they can feel that they are out of the jungle.

Relegation to the Championship would be a disaster for the London side after being mainstays of the Premier League for so long. The club’s dedicated fanbase would surely be very unhappy if the Olympic Stadium based side were to go down after showing such good potential in the previous two seasons.

There had been talk that Moyes job was at risk following a bad run of form this season but the Scottish coach has so far been able to stem the flow with a series of good results. The side beat Everton in a relegation six pointer a couple of weeks ago before being beaten by Spurs. The weekend’s positive result has seen the side gather more points in their quest to stay in the top flight for another season.