West Ham are hopeful that key player Jarrod Bowen will return from injury for the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace this weekend.
The Hammers left it late to secure a priceless 2-1 victory away to Burnley last Saturday, trailing with minutes remaining but eventually turning the game on its head.
One player who David Moyes had to make do without for the win at Turf Moor was Bowen, who hasn’t featured for West Ham since the 3-2 win at home to Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
The 26-year-old was sent back to his club side by England manager Gareth Southgate during the international break, having picked up a knock.
According to a fresh update from Claret & Hugh, however, Bowen could be back in the fold for Sunday’s visit of Palace in the league, as Moyes’ men look to build on their dramatic recent victory:
“Claret and Hugh has been handed a Jarrod Bowen update. The No 20 is improving from his injury but won’t be sufficiently fit to play against Backa Topola in Serbia tomorrow evening (Thurs) in the Group A Europa League game. We were told this morning however that there are high hopes he will be available for the match against Crystal Palace.”
Having Bowen back is absolutely huge for West Ham, with the Englishman becoming one of the first names on the team sheet, and arguably growing even more as a player since Declan Rice departed for Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
The Hammers forward already has eight goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season, highlighting what a reliable source of end product he has been, and his pace, movement and finishing make him one of the most dangerous attacking players in the division at the moment.
It remains to be seen if Bowen will be fit enough to start proceedings against Palace at the London Stadium, but even having him to call upon as a second-half substitute would be great news for West Ham supporters, as they welcome back a huge player ahead of a busy run of fixtures in the Premier League, Europa League and EFL Cup in December.