Why Ben Johnson was absent for West Ham’s win over Everton
An explanation for the absence of Ben Johnson from West Ham United’s matchday squad to face Everton on Sunday has been provided.
With Vladimir Coufal still working his way back towards full fitness, it was widely predicted that youngster Johnson, on the back of a solid stretch of form prior to the international break, would be afforded his latest chance to impress this afternoon.
It therefore came as nothing short of a shock when, upon David Moyes’ latest matchday squad being unveiled, the 22-year-old was nowhere to be seen:
📋 Our team for today is in!
Bowen starts with Coufal also returning among the substitutes…
COME ON YOU IRONS!!! ⚒@betway | #WHUEVE pic.twitter.com/OfaI2BoV6B
— West Ham United (@WestHam) April 3, 2022
Speaking to the media on the back of the action coming to a close at the London Stadium, Moyes was therefore inevitably asked for an insight into Johnson’s situation.
And West Ham’s boss went on to reveal that his young full-back is struggling with an ongoing hamstring problem, albeit one which the club ‘don’t think is bad’:
Moyes on Johnson: “He felt his hamstring playing for England. He trained Friday and Saturday but felt it Saturday. We don’t think it’s bad. I’m hoping he’ll be ok.” #WHUFC
— Roshane Thomas (@RoshaneSport) April 3, 2022
Bowen back amongst the goals
Johnson’s omission on Sunday, though, of course made little difference when it came to West Ham’s efforts to return to winning ways.
This came as a Man of the Match display on the part of the returning Jarrod Bowen ultimately guided the Irons to a 2-1 triumph, in the process pushing them back clear of Manchester United into 6th in the Premier League table.
“Back with a bang!” 💥
Things weren’t level for long! Jarrod Bowen reacts quickest to finish after Jordan Pickford saved Michail Antonio’s original effort and West Ham lead 2-1! pic.twitter.com/i7ZXQOW2JY
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 3, 2022
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