Vladimir Coufal could now be out until the end of this month, and may miss West Ham United’s next three games according to Claret and Hugh in news that will come as a big blow to David Moyes and the club’s fans.

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The 29-year-old right-back originally sustained a groin injury against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup last month.

Vlad played through the pain for the next couple of weeks before withdrawing from the Czech Republic squad for their most recent round of international fixtures.

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Coufal subsequently missed West Ham’s games against Rapid Vienna and Everton. And it seems as though we could be without him for a little while longer…

Vladimir Coufal blow confirmed by West Ham insider

The former Slavia Prague defender is not expected back until October 31st when we travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Vlad has had injections in his problem groin as he continues his rehabilitation.

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And we will undoubtedly miss him during our games against Genk tomorrow, Tottenham on Sunday and Manchester City next week.

Coufal’s tenacity, experience, defensive ability and quality delivery in the final third are all things that we lack down the right hand flank when he doesn’t play.

Let’s hope that he somehow manages to recover before his expected return date.

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Because West Ham are clearly a much stronger side when Coufal is playing for us.

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