West Ham manager David Moyes provides double injury boost ahead of Lyon Europa League clash
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West Ham United manager David Moyes has called on the fans to create a raucous atmosphere that will intimidate Lyon and help his Irons side reach the last four of the Europa League.
The Hammers will welcome the French giants to the London Stadium, having put up a dominant display to beat Sevilla and set up a quarter-final clash against Peter Bosz’s side.
David Moyes’ side warmed up for the game with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Frank Lampard’s Everton, to keep their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League alive and kicking.
West Ham are currently sixth on 51 points with just eight games left in the season, and will need to go on a perfect run if they are to snatch the Champions League ticket ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham - who still have to play each other.
The Irons have been given a lift though with the return to both fitness and form of the highly-impressive Jarrod Bowen, who missed the tie against Sevilla due to an injury.
He had missed four games, but returned on Sunday against Everton with the winning goal - and will be an interesting proposition for the French backline.
Youngster Ben Johnson, who missed the Toffees clash, has also played a key role this season and Moyes will be hoping he can call on him against Lyon.
Moyes could not hide his delight at having Bowen back, but told the fans that they will need them to be the 12th man if the Hammers are to go on and set up a dream tie with Barcelona in the last four.
What David Moyes said during his press conference
Moyes - who has overseen a huge transformation in his two years in east London - is hoping that his returning players and the home fans will give his side a lift.
He said: “We are really excited by being in this competition and I think most clubs will be happy to be in the competition, especially us.
“We have some good news in that Bowen is fine and has trained and has no issues, while Ben Johnson has also trained and I’m hoping he will be fine to play.
“But [Manuel] Lanzini is suspended and Vladimir [Coufal] is training, but we not entirely sure that he is fully ready.
“This game is quite different to the one we played against Sevilla, given that we have not yet set eyes on each other.
“But the atmosphere against Sevilla was magnificent and I think we will need the fans.”
Lyon are sitting in ninth in Ligue 1, but prepared for the game with an encouraging 3-2 win over Angers.
Les Gones - who have star players like Houssem Aouar, Lucas Paqueta and Moussa Dembele - will fancy their chances of getting something out of this game to take back home for the second leg.