West Ham look set to be without a key first-team player ahead of a visit from Crystal Palace this weekend after seeing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski leave the field with an injury after just 34 minutes against Bournemouth.
The Polish stopper has become a fan favourite at The London Stadium since joining the Hammers in 2018 but now looks highly likely to miss out on the visit from the Eagles, being replaced by 33-year-old Spaniard Roberto Jiménez between the sticks.
After injuring his hip against Eddie Howe’s Cherries, Fabianski is all set to have a scan to ascertain the full extent of the damage, with estimates suggesting that he’ll back to full fitness in time for the Irons’ clash with Everton on the 19th of October at Goodison Park.
Whilst many English fans won’t know a great deal about Jiménez, his career is one which suggests he’ll be a perfectly reasonable alternative to Fabianski for a single game against Roy Hodgson’s men next week. Of course, were Pellegrini to have the choice, the Pole would be a guaranteed starter but at home against a side whose form on the road has been patchy so far this term, you’d imagine West Ham will still be relatively confident of heading into the international break with a positive result; it’s up to us to spoil that sense of optimism.