Slaven Bilic has urged Victor Moses and his injured West Ham’s teammates to stand up and be counted during their injury crisis.
The Hammers have been rocked by injuries to six key players in just over a month which threatens to derail their fine start to the season with Moses and the five others (Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini, ) have all been sidelined, prompting Bilic to order the team switch training grounds in a bid to stem the flow of casualties.
“I’m not trying to find excuses,” said Bilic. “I’m not happy, of course, but I am not trying to be positive – I am positive. It’s time to show we can overcome these obstacles.
“I’m sure we will show we can play without these players. They are great players, that’s why we got them, and that’s why they were playing regularly.
“But we have to get through this period without them. I want to concentrate on the players who are available to continue the way we are playing.
“It’s going to be hard without them, but we played without almost all of them against Manchester United last week and still created enough chances to score goals.
“When they were available it was all about the squad. Now we have a tinier squad but it’s time for those players who didn’t play, with team work and team spirit, to step up.”
The goalless draw at Old Trafford stretched West Ham’s winless run to five matches.