West Ham suffers setback: Bowen out for first leg against Bayer Leverkusen.
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West Ham suffers setback: Striker out for first leg against Bayer Leverkusen.

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West Ham have suffered a big setback with attacker Jarrod Bowen set to miss the opening leg of their Europa League quarterfinal against Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

Bowen, the Hammers’ top scorer with 19 goals in all competitions, was pulled off after 54 minutes of West Ham’s 2-1 victory over Wolves last Saturday.

The 27-year-old has been one of West Ham’s key players this season, and the club will be keen for him to avoid being sidelined for an extended amount of time as the season nears its conclusion.

Bowen set to miss first leg against Bayer Leverkusen

According to Mail Sport, while the England international’s injury is not considered serious, he will be unable to face the Bundesliga leaders on Thursday.

It’s a great disappointment for David Moyes, who had thought Bowen would recover in time for the trip to Leverkusen.

Moyes stated in his post-match news conference following last weekend’s victory against Wolves that “you need all your top players at this stage of the season and Jarrod is one who’s been doing great for us.”

“It looks like he’s had a knee to his hip or back,” Moyes continued.

“There’s no twist or anything like that. He’s pretty stiff; I’ve had one or two of those myself, and they don’t go away quickly.

“We need to hope it doesn’t last. I asked Jarrod how he felt, and he stated he was sore. I just hope it isn’t too bad.”

In the absence of his leading scorer, Moyes will need all of his players to step up as they face Leverkusen, who are one win away from winning the Bundesliga and have gone unbeaten in 41 games this season.

The Scotsman has led the Hammers to an excellent European record, with only two defeats in their last 23 games.

 

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