West Ham could lose Said Benrahma for up to ten key matches after the latest COVID postponement, according to Football.London.
The Algeria international is set to link up with his country for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations on December 27, and while the tournament does not start until January 9, the Irons attacker will miss the five games his club will play between those 11 days.
Benrahma’s country are AFCON defending champions and one of the favourites to win the 2022 edition, and should they reach the finals on February 6, he could miss another five games.
The postponement of the Norwich City game has slightly disrupted West Ham plans.
The Hammers play Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in their next two games before Boxing Day, and with Benrahma off the next day, he will be missing for the Watford, Crystal Palace and both Leeds United games.
Algeria finish their group campaign on 20th January, and should they even fail to advance to the last-16, the West Ham clash with Manchester United will come too early for him.
Their next game is against Watford on 8th February, and Algeria going all the way to the finals on 6th February means he will not be available.
West Ham’s cup progress could see him miss another three matches on top of the rearranged Norwich clash, and those 10 games could have a huge say on their campaign.
Benrahma has three goals and three assists in 17 league games, while he scored another three in five games in the Europa League group stages.
David Moyes would ideally love to hold on to the 26-year-old, but should the AFCON go ahead as planned, the Hammers could be forced to bring in another attacker next month.
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