Steve Claridge says if not for injuries West Ham would already be in Champions League spots

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Steve Claridge says West Ham are unlucky not to be in the Champions League spots already.

Steve Claridge has told BBC Radio 5 Live that with a fully fit squad West Ham would already be in the top four.

The Hammers are currently in sixth position in the Premier League, one point off fourth place, although Manchester City who occupy the position have a game in hand.

Speaking on Wednesday night's broadcast, former top flight striker Claridge said that if not for the spate of injuries West Ham suffered before Christmas then they would be above City.

He said: "They are a good side. If you take out the big injuries they had over a four to six week spell they'd be in the Champions League spots. I've no doubt about that."

West Ham are currently full of confidence after a midweek win over Spurs, but travel to Everton this weekend in need of a result to keep their momentum going.

Back in November, the Hammers lost key men Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini to injuries, and struggled to score goals.

They drew five consecutive games in late November and early December, with three of the matches ending 0-0, also drawing 1-1 against relegation bound Aston Villa.

The one positive from the injury spell was that Michail Antonio was able to work his way into the first team, and the former Nottingham Forest winger is currently showing what he can do, the matchwinner against Spurs in midweek.

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