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Paul Robinson has said that West Ham have suffered a “huge blow” with the probable loss of Lukasz Fabianski ahead of the game against Leeds – and things could get even worse for the Hammers.
David Moyes admitted that both keepers were a doubt, with Lukasz Fabianski currently out with a knock and Darren Randolph feeling a recurrence of his thigh injury in the second half of the game against Man City.
If both keepers are out, David Martin would be called upon. He made five Premier League appearances last season but isn’t even used in the cup competitions normally.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s a huge blow losing Fabianski as he’s been outstanding this season.
“He really has been key and it’s difficult for a team when you lose your custodian, your number one, it has a big effect on the team.
“As good a goalkeeper as Darren Randolph is, he’s not Fabianski and he doesn’t settle the team in the same way.
“And if he’s out as well… Darren’s obviously very unlucky with his injury against Man City.
“And you’ve got to remember they didn’t even fill the bench, West Ham, they’ve got a few injuries.
“They had a substitute keeper on the bench but they didn’t take their full allocation, they were one short.
“That shows you just how much they’re struggling. I think it will be David Martin that comes in.”
West Ham are in a rare run of form and it won’t be easy for Leeds no-matter who’s in goal.
Leeds also have their injury problems with doubts over Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo ahead of the game on Monday.
Leeds fans will be hoping both players can return for Monday Night Football, with Phillips absence a particular problem for Bielsa and his 4-1-4-1 system.
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