Saturday 22 October 2016

Adrian ruled out of West Ham's closing fixtures by injury

Published 06/05/2016 | 12:06

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is injured
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is injured

West Ham have been dealt a blow in their bid for European football with goalkeeper Adrian set to be sidelined for their three remaining Barclays Premier League matches.

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The 29-year-old stopper has missed only three games for the Hammers in the league this season, but has been ruled out of Swansea's visit to Upton Park on Saturday with a calf injury.

Manager Slaven Bilic revealed Adrian sustained the issue following West Ham's 3-0 win at West Brom, and does not expect him to feature again this season.

Darren Randolph, the Ireland international who impressed in West Ham's run to the last eight of the FA Cup this term, will deputise for the stricken Adrian.

"Adrian is injured," Bilic said. "He felt his calf after the West Brom game and reported it to me.

"It's minor but unfortunately because it's his calf. He is out against Swansea and probably for the rest of the season.

"We have a great deputy in Randolph when we've needed him. Whenever he has stepped in he's been brilliant.

"He's one of the reasons we went far in the FA Cup. He was great against Manchester United, home and away, and Liverpool. We're happy to have him."

West Ham, who have one eye on qualification for next season's Champions League, are five points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City having played one game more.

The Hammers entertain Swansea, now safe from relegation, on Saturday before hosting Manchester United, whom they trail by just one point, in what will be the club's final game at Upton Park ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium next season. They then travel to Stoke in their final game of the season.

But Bilic, in relaxed mood, added: "We don't think about the United game. We have three games to go. I told them we have one game and it's really like that, the game against Swansea tomorrow.

"I mean the game against Man United is the last ever to be played at Upton Park and, it's Man United, a special game anyway., but we have one game, versus Swansea, and we need to be totally focused on that game, not thinking about United or Stoke or the last game at the Boleyn Ground, only Swansea."

Bilic also paid tribute to Leicester after Claudio Ranieri's side completed one of the greatest stories in English football with their Premier League triumph.

"They gave hope to every football or sports club," he said. "It is not only in England they are talking about Leicester, but in Croatia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and Brazil. They are the team. It's a miracle. Unfortunately it happens only once in 15-20 years, but it can happen."

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