By Craig Scott

16th Jan, 2022 | 11:10am

Tomas Soucek ruled out of West Ham v Leeds United

West Ham will be without Tomas Soucek when they play Leeds United at the London Stadium on Sunday, according to Tom Clark.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning, the Football.London journalist reported that Soucek, 26, will miss a second consecutive game for the Hammers after he was ruled out versus Norwich earlier this week due to COVID.

Soucek tweeted earlier on Sunday about the game despite his seemingly imminent omission from David Moyes’ squad.

Boost for Leeds

Soucek is one of West Ham’s best players so Moyes’ options will be massively impacted by the Czech Republic international’s absence.

The ex-Slavia Prague midfielder has made 28 appearances in all competition for the Hammers this season and had played every minute of every Premier League game before he sat out of the win over Norwich.

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Declan Rice could be partnered by Manuel Lanzini in the middle of the park again while Moyes also has options in Alex Kral and Mark Noble, should he want to mix things up a bit and rotate.

Leeds are handed a boost in the fact that West Ham played just a few days ago but there’s no denying this is a tough fixture.

We were beaten by the Irons last Sunday in the FA Cup and the players should want revenge for what was a massive unfair refereeing performance.

West Ham’s opening goal simply should not have stood and the only reason Moyes’ men scored again against Marcelo Bielsa’s young and injury-ravaged side was that they were pressing for a late equaliser.

We can win this. But it’s not going to be easy.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to bid for this EFL central midfielder who’s valued at £8million.