The intensity of the fixture schedule seems to be getting to the comparatively smaller teams in England as well. Manuel Pellegrini has talked about injuries, rotations and problems in this busy period for West Ham.
“We need to play seven games during December and after that six more in January,” he said. “Unfortunately for us we have eight players who are not an option to return. Maybe Marko Arnautovic can return soon, I don’t know about Southampton. We need to see now about the injuries to Chicharito and Fabian [Balbuena]. That’s a big problem but we need to trust the squad and make a good rotation of the players.”
“[Hernandez] had a kick in his back during the week and he couldn’t work. In the game he felt the same problem with also some strain in his hamstring,” Pellegrini revealed. We will see tomorrow what happen with [Balbuena’s] knee but if he cannot play then Angelo Ogbonna has demonstrated that he is also a very good centre-back. He has been working very hard so he will have his option – I trust a lot in him.”
West Ham have been on and off this season and will need to do better under their new manager to be considered a top bracket team.