Javier Hernandez & Fabian Balbuena injuries before Arsenal

Double injury blow for Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini have been handed a double injury blow ahead of their clash with Arsenal this weekend.

The Hammers are starting to hit form in the second half of the season.

They won five of their seven games in December but lost to Watford and Burnley.

They then were unable to get their first win of 2019 last week as they drew 2-2 with Brighton before beating Birmingham 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Now, they will face a much harder test this weekend.

That is because they will come up against Unai Emery’s Arsenal who are looking to get their mojo back.

Despite impressing immensely early on in the season, the Gunners have struggled somewhat over the past two months.

They were beaten 3-2 by Southampton midway through December before being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by north London rivals Tottenham in the next game.

They also fell to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and were held to a disappointing draw with Brighton.

Now, they will face West Ham and have been handed a boost prior to the game following two injuries at the Hammers.

Samir Nasri

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Samir Nasri of West Ham United runs with the ball during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Javier Hernandez and Fabian Balbuena to miss out

Both Javier Hernandez and Fabian Balbuena have suffered injury blows.

The former was unavailable for the game against Watford and Birmingham due to back and hamstring problems and according to Ben Dinnery won’t recover in time.

Meanwhile, Fabian Balbuena has also received a setback following his meniscus injury.

He has been out of the squad for some time now and while he was set to return this weekend, Dinnery suggests he will have to spend longer than expected on the sidelines.


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Marko Arnautovic injury update before West Ham vs Arsenal

Javier Hernandez and Fabian Balbuena are not the only ones that have been injured recently.

Marko Arnautovic has also struggled somewhat.

Now, there’s been an injury update for him too ahead of the Arsenal game.

Click here to find out whether he could play. 

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