Hammers boss Moyes provides positive Bowen update

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David Moyes confirmed in his press conference on Friday afternoon that Jarrod Bowen is nearing a return to the matchday squad but warned that Sunday’s game at home to Everton could come too soon for his involvement.

What’s the latest?

The 25-year-old limped off in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool back at the start of March and has since missed each of the club’s last four fixtures.

Claret and Hugh reported earlier in the week that the 12-goal frontman was “gradually recovering” and the Scottish manager appeared to relay those claims.

Ahead of this weekend’s game against the club with whom he spent 11 years, Moyes gave an update on the condition of his star forward:

“I expect him to be on the pitch in the coming weeks but I don’t know about this week. He’s a miss for us but we’ve had periods where we missed other key players. Hopefully, he’s not too far away,” he said via the BBC.

The Hammers boss also revealed that Bowen “did a bit of training over the break” but is unsure if he is “match ready” yet.

Positive update

Not too many West Ham supporters would have been expecting to see Bowen play on Sunday anyway, given the crunch Europa League clash with Lyon in the week but Moyes has potentially left the door open for a place on the bench for his leading goalscorer

He will perhaps be better resting until their midweek clash after missing both legs of the memorable last-16 win over Sevilla and it will be a huge boost to the side. 

The £96k-per-week dynamo has delivered a whopping 12 goals and 11 assists across all competitions this term and his return will be a timely one heading into the business end of the season.

Whilst the Irons clearly coped in his absence against the LaLiga outfit, previous winners of the Europa League, he is still a player that Moyes could desperately do with amid Michail Antonio’s continued struggles (one league goal in 2022).

Having him back around Rush Green, at the very least, is encouraging and will serve as an exciting boost heading into a crucial run of fixtures.

AND, in other news, Moyes must axe £40k-per-week liability after Hotspur horror show

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