Jarrod Bowen injury: David Moyes provides update on West Ham forward | Football

Jarrod Bowen is a doubt for the weekend (Picture: Getty)

West Ham boss David Moyes said Jarrod Bowen’s fitness is improving but remained tight-lipped on his availability for Saturday’s clash against Sheffield United.

Bowen has been the fulcrum of West Ham’s attacking efforts this season, notching up 11 Premier League goals this season.

The forward sustained an ankle injury in the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Bristol City in the FA Cup third round and missed out on the replay in midweek which saw the Championship side produce a shock 1-0 win.

David Moyes’s side travel to face Sheffield United on Saturday as they look to bounce back from a disappointing fortnight but the Scotsman was not willing to confirm if Bowen would be fit enough to play a part.

‘He’s doing better,’ Moyes said at his pre-match press conference on Friday when asked about the Englishman.

‘Whether he’ll be fit and available I wouldn’t give that information out but he’s certainly doing better than we thought.’

West Ham will definitely be without injured duo Lucas Paqueta and Michail Antonio, while Said Benrahma is suspended and Mohammed Kudus away at the African Cup of Nations.

West Ham United's English striker #20 Jarrod Bowen reacts following an injury during the English FA Cup third round football match between West Ham United and Bristol City at the London Stadium.

The forward has 11 Premier League goals this season (Picture: Getty)

There will, however, be late late fitness tests for Pablo Fornals and Edson Alvarez who also picked up knocks in the first game against Bristol City 12 days ago.

‘They’re okay, we’ll see how they are those two and Jarrod we’ll need to make late calls tomorrow and see if they’re able to travel or not,’ Moyes said.

Having picked up impressive wins over Arsenal and Manchester United to end 2023, the Hammers have suffered a sluggish start to the new year and are winless in three games in all competitions.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are rooted to the bottom of the table and have just one league win since Chris Wilder was re-appointed as manager.

The Blades did make a winning start to the new year, though, with a 4-0 win over League Two side Gillingham in the FA Cup third round prior to their winter break.

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