New West Ham manager David Moyes hasn’t even been on the job two weeks, and he already faces a serious injury hurdle.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski went down in the 15th minute of Friday’s match against Sheffield United with what looked to be a significant hip injury.
The Polish international went to take a goal kick and immediately put his hand up for a substitution. Within seconds, he showed clear frustration and grabbed at his hip, receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch and eventually needing to be substituted. As Fabianski came off, he had a clearly despondent look on his face.
Fabianski has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, especially according to expected goals faced. The 34-year-old leads the English top flight in outperforming expected goals faced, saving almost a half-goal expected per game. That can add up massively over the course of the campaign, having made tenth appearance of the season today.
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Fabianski missed nearly three months with a hip injury earlier this season, and could be set for another long spell on the bench. West Ham struggled mightily in his absence, with two wins and eight losses in 11 Premier League matches, earning five points. With Fabianski this season, they have lost just two of nine, picking up 15 points in those nine games.
Hip injuries can be troublesome when more serious, especially if muscles are involved. West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has been out since mid-October with a groin injury that has been difficult to diagnose. USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams has also recently dealt with a mystery hip injury that kept him out for months, unable to determine the root cause of the problem.