Maxwel Cornet has posted a video showing what appears to be the West Ham star doing advanced rehabilitation work after his rare calf issue.
The curious case of Cornet is somewhat typical of West Ham’s rotten luck with new signings and injuries.
When West Ham’s £17.5m summer signing was forced off just 35 minutes into his first Premier League start under David Moyes at the beginning of October with a calf injury it was expected he would be back in a week or two.
But, nearly four months on, the Ivory Coast star has not been seen in claret and blue since.
And my how the Hammers could really do with Cornet’s pace, powerful running and energy in a side seriously lacking all those things.
As reported earlier this month it was claimed Cornet may face an operation on an issue that is so rare, a specialist had only seen it twice in 25 years.
An emotional Cornet took to social media to confirm West Ham’s worst fears over the rare injury.
Cornet said his ‘disappointment is big’ and that the ‘road is long’ while stating his pain at having not been able to repay West Ham fans for the love they showed him when he signed.
As things stand Cornet has no return date and, while he has been doing work in the gym at West Ham, he is not available for selection until the issue with his calf is resolved – which Moyes stated some weeks ago could require surgery.
West Ham have not specified the exact nature of the highly unusual calf issue. But there has been speculation Cornet’s injury could be the uncommon and painful Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome – or PAES for short – which can affect athletes, runners and cyclists.
If that is the case then the good news for the winger and West Ham is that treatment is relatively quick – a one-hour operation and one day in hospital – and full recovery is expected (Mayo Clinic).
It has not been confirmed by the club whether the West Ham man has had surgery.
But now Cornet has posted a video showing what appears to be the West Ham star doing advanced rehabilitation work after his rare calf issue.
Taking to his Instagram stories, Cornet posted a video showing him attached to a resistance band while doing a short sprint and jump, loading weight onto his calves as he lands.
The video has since been re-posted on Twitter by a West Ham fan posing the question as to his current injury status.
Let’s hope the issue is sorted and this is Cornet going through his rehab to get him ready for a long-awaited return.
It will be great when we finally see him back on the pitch and firing for West Ham.