West Ham United manager David Moyes ruled out Winston Reid out for the remainder of the season Friday following his scary injury last week at Swansea City.
Ahead of Saturday’s important match against Burnley, the Scottish coach also will be without the services of backup right back Sam Byram and will hope that Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins recover from their ailments following their absences in Cardiff.
“Winston we think will be out for the rest of the season, and Sam Byram, we’re waiting on a decision from the surgeon from the moment, but it doesn’t look great either,” Moyes said. “That’s disappointing because Sam obviously just came back from injury, so is Winston Reid. But they both took injuries from the game.”
Moyes is demanding that his team improve from woeful back to back road performances that resulted in 4-1 defeats to Liverpool and Swansea City respectively.
“To get rid of it very quickly . I wasn’t going to kid anyone else. When we don’t play well, I’m going to tell people we don’t play well. I got to say, we played well prior to it. We’ve got some really good results. But we need to improve and if we play like that, then it won’t be so good. But it was mitigating circumstances. I think we gone into the game without three or four players. We don’t want to make any excuses, but that’s facts.”
The former Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland tactician felt that the Premier League this season is the most competitive it’s ever been below the top six sides.
“Sometimes you think your position gives you the cushion, but it’s really not because you need the points to give you that cushion. So we’re all fighting really hard.”