David Moyes says West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is ‘sore but OK’ after surviving ‘very big scare’ from dramatic car crash on the A12 and he could even be passed fit to face Everton on Sunday
- David Moyes says that Manuel Lanzini is ‘sore but ok’ following his car crash
- The Argentinian midfielder could be fit to face Everton on Sunday afternoon
- Forward Jarrod Bowen is also in contention having returned to training this week
West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini is ‘sore but OK’ following the car crash he was involved in on Thursday.
The 29-year-old was on his way to the Premier League club’s training ground in Rush Green, east London, when the car he was travelling in skidded off the A12 and into a ditch at around 2pm. Firefighters and police raced to the scene.
Argentina international Lanzini, who was being driven by a chauffeur in a £70,000 Mercedes people carrier, was assessed by medics and suffered no serious injuries.
The vehicle – a V-Class Mercedes with a West Ham number plate – had landed on its side, leaving many onlookers fearing for the worst before it was confirmed that the midfielder had emerged unhurt.
Hammers manager David Moyes said: ‘I can’t tell you what happened because I wasn’t there and I’ve only got the information you’ve got.
‘The car went into a ditch off the road. He’s a bit sore but he’s OK. It was terrible. For any of us.
‘We don’t want to go on too much about it. It happens in all walks of life. It happened to Manuel but he’s OK, thankfully.’
Manuel Lanzini smiles and gives a thumbs up as he confirms he is well and healthy after walking away from a dramatic car crash unscathed
The West Ham star confirmed it was a ‘very big’ accident but able to walk away from it unhurt
Lanzini could even be passed fit for West Ham’s match at home to Everton on Sunday.
The the midfielder took to Instagram late last night to confirm that he is well and healthy, smiling for a selfie while giving a thumbs up.
He wrote on his page: ‘Hello people, I wanted to thank everyone for the messages of support and affection on this day, they did me a lot of good since it was a very big scare, but thank God, as far as the accident was, everything went well. Thank you very much. I want to thank you for all the messages you sent me of love and support.’
Footage briefly shows the overturned Mercedes with two fire engines already on the scene
Forward Jarrod Bowen is also pushing to be involved having returned to training following an ankle injury.
Bowen sat out both legs of West Ham’s Europa League last-16 win over Sevilla and there were fears he could also miss the quarter-final against Lyon.
But Moyes revealed Bowen and right-back Vladimir Coufal, who has had a groin operation, could be fit for the weekend.
Lanzini could be passed fit for West Ham’s match at home against Everton this weekend
Jarrod Bowen is also in contention to play having returned to training following an ankle injury
‘There’s a chance that both could make it,’ he added. ‘Both did a bit of training over the international break so a chance both can be there.
‘I’m not quite sure they are match ready yet. That’s my only concern.’
The two-legged tie with Lyon, and the carrot of a potential semi-final against Barcelona, is uppermost in West Ham minds at the moment.
But they are still in the race to finish in the top six again and Moyes insisted: ‘We’ve to concentrate on this game first.
‘We’ve got a busy schedule as well so we have to be aware of that and try to make sure we don’t overcook players. But we need to win the next game against Everton.
David Moyes says that he is ‘really excited’ about the final seven weeks of the campaign
‘I’m really excited about this period and I can sense that in the dressing room. We’ve got a lot of good things going on. We’re challenging.
‘We want to stay amongst those at the top but we’ll take one game at a time. We’re looking over that horizon of what might be there as well.
‘Our focus initially is we’ll see if can beat Everton at home and keep a good position in the league.’