West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell has been sidelined with a hamstring injury as reports around the club suggest that the veteran could be on his way out.
The 33-year-old was missing from the Hammers’ squad against Sheffield United on Saturday. He also missed West Ham’s Carabao Cup win over Lincoln City and the defeat against Liverpool last weekend in the Premier League.
David Moyes confirmed in an interview after the game against Liverpool that the full-back was the only player out with injury for the Hammers.
Moyes told reporters: “Aaron is the only one [injured], who has had a little bit of a hamstring injury. He’s not quite ready yet, but he’s coming along nicely.”
The Englishman picked up the hamstring injury during the club’s UEFA Europa League win over TSC Backa Topola last week.
While Cresswell is still a valuable part of the West Ham squad, especially due to his experience, the Hammers are not likely to miss his services too much.
Emerson has been the preferred option at left-back for Moyes as Cresswell hasn’t played a single minute in the Premier League so far this season.
Cresswell may not have started against Liverpool or Sheffield United in the league but he surely would have started against Lincoln in the league cup. Ben Johnson received a call-up to the first team in his absence.
It looked as though the full-back was on his way out during the summer transfer window as he reportedly pushed for a move away to Wolverhampton Wanderers but stayed put in the end.
The Englishman only has 12 months left on his contract and it looks as though he is not part of the first-team plans under Moyes. A move away during January or for free next summer may well be on the cards.
There are also reports around London suggesting West Ham are interested in Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen. The Irons were interested in bringing him in during the summer and have reportedly maintained their interest even after the closure of the transfer window.
Maatsen could be on his way out of Chelsea as the Blues could be forced to cash-in on the youngster if he does not sign a new deal to extend his club. His current deal expires in 2024.
The 21-year-old impressed with Burnley in the Championship last season providing 10 goal contributions from full-back. It remains to be seen whether the Dutchman will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge or go onto the transfer list in January.