David Moyes has delivered a hugely positive albeit brief West Ham injury update on Kurt Zouma after the star defender was sidelined.
Speculation had been rife that Zouma – like fellow Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna – had suffered an ACL knee injury.
But West Ham confirmed Zouma in fact sustained a hamstring tendon injury.
“A scan on Monday revealed the damage and the 27-year-old French international defender has already started his recovery programme at Rush Green under the supervision of the medical team,” West Ham said in a statement on Zouma.
We reported earlier that the initial rumours that Zouma would be out for four months were wide of the mark.
Moyes delivers positive 14-word West Ham injury update on Zouma
And as per medical professionals, a best case scenario could see Zouma back in six to eight weeks time.
Now Moyes has delivered a positive West Ham injury update on Zouma in his pre-match press conference for the Dinamo Zagreb game.
“We don’t know exactly yet but not fearing it is bad as first thought,” Moyes said when asked about Zouma (whufc.com).
The Scot is taking the injury in his stride, insisting these kind of blows are part and parcel of football and something which impacts all clubs.
The balanced West Ham boss merely insists it gives the likes of Issa Diop and others the chance to show what they’re made of.
“I try to take it in my stride, obviously, I am disappointed we have injuries but I try not to talk about it and concentrate on the young players coming it,” Moyes added (whufc.com).
“It gives them a chance to impress and show us exactly what they can do.
“It is the same for every team, we saw a week of more injuries than we would have liked to. But that is the way the fixtures have gone and that happens and it gives others opportunities who need to step up but injuries are part and parcel of football.
“Issa is a really big part of the squad and always has been. I have never considered him as anything other than a first-team player and I see him having a big chance to show what he can do.”
Seeing Moyes being so composed about the injury situation is very reassuring for fans.
Let’s hope Craig Dawson and Diop can truly step up and perhaps the likes of Jamal Baptiste will be given the odd chance to show why he is so highly rated by West Ham and England.