Hammers boss David Moyes has issued a worrying injury update on West Ham defender Kurt Zouma after the match at Brentford.
Zouma was hurt after after a seemingly innocuous challenge in the first half of West Ham’s game at Brentford.
The Frenchman played on but was seen hobbling before eventually receiving treatment from the West Ham physios.
But the Hammers medical team decided he had to come off and West Ham boss Moyes wore a pained expression when he checked on Zouma as he left the field.
The injury to arguably West Ham’s key defender comes with the huge Europa League quarter-final second leg to come in Lyon on Thursday night.
And speaking after the game, Moyes issued a worrying injury update on West Ham defender Zouma (Football.London).
David Moyes issues worrying injury update on West Ham defender Kurt Zouma
“Kurt twisted his ankle,” Moyes said in his post match press conference (Football.London).
“We don’t know how bad it is.
“Coming off is not a good sign but not too bad.
“You lack natural balance (if West Ham will be without Zouma to add to the absence of Aaron Cresswell through suspension against Lyon).
“People tend to forget we lost Angelo Ogbonna at the start so all season we’ve had to work and play with that. Aaron is out. It gives us an imbalance of people more comfortable on the left side.”
The last time Moyes was unsure how bad an ankle injury was, Jarrod Bowen did not play for another six weeks.
Issa Diop was understandably rusty when he came on.
And the prospect of him playing against Lyon in Zouma’s place is worrying.
Some fans may take hope from the fact Moyes said ‘not too bad’. We can but hope that is the case.
But as the Scot says, Zouma and the physios feeling he had to come off is a big concern.