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West Ham now without six first-team players v Sevilla in second leg – reliable journo

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West Ham are likely to be without six first-team players ahead of their Europa League clash against Sevilla.

The Hammers do not have a big squad and the latest round of injuries ahead of the big game on Thursday (17 March) will hurt David Moyes badly.

Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell picked up hamstring injuries and both could be set to be out for a while.

Nikola Vlasic has also picked up an injury, while Jarrod Bowen, who has recently undergone a second scan, is absent too.

Vladimir Coufal and Angelo Ogbonna are long-term absentees.

Football London journalist Tom Clark has tweeted: “West Ham currently have Ogbonna, Cresswell, Coufal, Vlasic, Bowen and Antonio out… lucky they were active in January to strengthen the squad.”

The Hammers had a great chance to bolster their squad in the January window but they simply failed to land a player.

The failed opportunity could come back to haunt them, and the fans can only hope the injured players will return shortly.

Normally it takes two to three weeks to cure hamstring problems, so definitely Cresswell and Antonio will be out of action against Sevilla.

David Moyes will be pinning hopes of Andriy Yarmolenko to deliver in such a massive game. The Ukraine striker scored a spectacular goal against Aston Villa on Sunday, and he will be confident of scoring again.

In the defence, Moyes is left with no other option but to use Ryan Fredericks for the game against Sevilla. He will be used as a right-back, and Ben Johnson will shift to the left-back role.

Arthur Masuaku could be another option for the Hammers.