Early boost for NUFC as key West Ham trio set to miss Saturday’s game at St James’ Park

David Moyes looks set to be without THREE key players ahead of West Ham’s trip to St James’ Park on Saturday.

Striker Michail Antonio has suffered a reassurance of a recent hamstring injury and Declan Rice has been ruled out for several weeks with a knee problem, but it seems left-sided defender Aaron Cresswell will also be missing.

Cresswell felt his hamstring in last weekend’s 3-2 win over Leicester and was forced off before the hour mark, with it reported that he’s expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks as a result.

His 10 Premier League assists and superb delivery from set pieces and open play have been a big part of West Ham’s push towards the Champions League spots this season, making his potential absence another injury blow for the Hammers.

That said, they could welcome back centre-back and player of the season contender Angelo Ogbonna.

The Italian international has been missing since their 0-0 draw at Fulham in February but has recently returned to training – putting him in contention for Saturday’s early kick off at St James’ Park.

It promises to be a tough game even if Antonio, Rice and Cresswell miss out, however their absence in three key areas of the pitch can only help our cause – especially when we’re likely to welcome back Wilson and Saint-Maximin from the start!

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Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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