Hammers boss David Moyes has delivered an encouraging injury update on West Ham defensive duo Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma.
West Ham’s silence over the Diop and Zouma injuries has been deafening since an brief initial update confirming a one match absence for the latter.
West Ham insiders have been keeping fans informed over the injuries with speculation both could miss the rest of the season.
As reported by Hammers News this morning, Moyes was set to give an official update on the centre-backs in his pre-Chelsea press conference.
West Ham fans know only too well that the Scot likes to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to team news, injuries and transfers.
The Hammers manager has now officially confirmed the duo have been sidelined (whufc.com).
But Moyes delivered an encouraging injury update on West Ham duo Diop and Zouma.
The Hammers boss refused to go into too much detail or put a timescale on their return to action.
He did however state that he hoped he could get them back sooner than speculated.
“I’m not going to put timescales on it,” Moyes stated (whufc.com).
“Issa has an injury and Kurt has an injury, we’re not putting timescales on it because you always want to get them back quicker.
“Hopefully we can get them back as quick as we can…
“We’ve got some injuries, but all clubs have injuries at this time of the season. So I have to juggle and work out best to get us set-up.”
Although there are clearly no guarantees, it is certainly a more positive outlook.
Let’s just hope West Ham can get at least one of the duo back with the crucial Premier League run in and huge Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt over the next few weeks.
West Ham appear to have an injury curse on their left-sided centre-backs this season.
The Hammers lost Angelo Ogbonna to a long-term ACL injury in November.
Zouma was then out for over a month shortly after that before being ruled out – potentially for the season – following an ankle sprain against Brentford.
Now David Moyes has been rocked by the news that Diop could miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury picked up against Burnley.
The defensive crisis comes at the worst possible for time for West Ham.
But Moyes’s encouraging injury update on the West Ham duo gives us a glimmer of hope at the very least.