West Ham United manager David Moyes has admitted that Arthur Masuaku’s suspension will leave a vacuum in his team after he was banned on Monday.
The 24-year-old has featured in every of the Hammers’ games since the appointment of the Scotsman in November but an incident where he spat at Wigan Athletic’s Nick Powell in Saturday’s FA Cup encounter has earned him a six-game ban from the FA.
The 24-year-old is set to start the punishment and Moyes admits his side will miss his quality, while also revealing that Masuaku had shown remorse for his actions.
“I spoke with him yesterday and he was sad about the whole thing,” Moyes told club website.
“We were sad because he cost us, but I actually felt that he was really remorseful. He said: ‘I’ve never done it before and I’ve never been sent off before’.
“Yesterday he was really down about the whole thing, and rightly so, and we’re down because he’s played well for us. He’s been a big part of the team and we’re going to miss him in the coming weeks.
“It was a terrible thing that he did and I think everybody knows, in our culture, it’s just not acceptable if you do that. I said before, what he gets, he will deserve it.”
The DR Congo defender will miss West Ham United's fixtures against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove and Albion, Watford, Liverpool, Swansea City and Burnley.