West Ham United midfielder Edson Alvarez has provided an update on his injury after he went off with a knock in the Hammers’ last Premier League outing.
A few reports from the UK came out that suggested that the Mexican had suffered a knock during the game against Manchester City last weekend and hence was taken off in the 66th minute.
The reports also suggested that the midfielder is at 50% after the knock and is a doubt for the Hammers’ midweek Europa League fixture against Serbian side Backa Topola as he is currently being assessed.
But the 25-year-old reportedly told members of the media at the game against City that he has been suffering from fatigue rather than any injury. This has come as a positive update for West Ham fans, who were worried that their new signing could be sidelined.
Manager David Moyes had expressed concerns over Alvarez’s fitness prior to the last game as his return from his national side Mexico was delayed. He only returned back to England on Thursday afternoon, two days before their game against the champions.
Moyes said prior to the game: “Edson Alvarez had a delayed flight and returned home at 3pm [on Thursday].It’s part and parcel of international breaks.”
The manager will surely be relieved to know that the player has not picked up a knock and could possibly be available for selection again as early as Thursday night. But it is likely that Moyes will give him a rest against Backa, which will allow him to recover from fatigue.
The Irons will also need him to be fully fit and available for their next Premier League fixture against Liverpool at the weekend and protecting the midfielder for that game may be a priority for the manager and his staff.
Alvarez has had a good start to life in East London after arriving from Amsterdam in the summer on a reported £35 million fee. He has become an important part of the Hammers’ midfield in Declan Rice’s absence, taking up the role of shielding the backline and breaking up play.
He has partnered up with Tomas Soucek on a few occasions and also with another new signing James Ward-Prowse at times. The two new midfielders have provided a good balance in the West Ham midfield as they bring contrasting qualities to the pitch.
As mentioned before, West Ham will be travelling to Anfield for their next league game at the weekend and will be hoping that Alvarez can return to full fitness ahead of the big game.