West Ham boss David Moyes has shared a massive Nayef Aguerd injury boost but reveals new concern for Tomas Soucek and trio.
The Hammers are back in European action on Thursday night when they welcome FCSB to the London Stadium for their first group game.
West Ham are one of the favourites to win the Europa Conference League having made the semi-finals of last season’s Europa League and after spending £170m on eight new signings in the summer.
The first of those new arrivals was Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd who signed from Rennes in a £30m deal.
But the left-sided centre-back was ruled out for three months after a serious ankle injury on what was only his second West Ham appearance in pre-season.
Aguerd’s injury required surgery and he is expected to be back by the end of October.
West Ham have had defensive injury issues all season so far. And they have sorely missed Aguerd.
Now West Ham boss Moyes has shared a massive Aguerd injury boost but lifted the lid on a new injury concern for Tomas Soucek and another Hammers trio.
Speaking in his pre-FCSB press conference, Moyes revealed Aguerd is now back at Rush Green and out of his protective boot with things ‘looking good’.
That’s not the case for Soucek, though, as West Ham’s manager says the big Czech, who has been starting to find his form, picked up a knock against Chelsea.
West Ham boss David Moyes shares massive Nayef Aguerd injury boost but reveals new concern for Tomas Soucek and trio
Meanwhile three other injured West Ham stars – Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson – remain out.
“Dawson back in training today,” Moyes said in his pre-FCSB presser (Football.London).
“He’s finding his way back in. Johnson is not training yet and Cresswell is still out.
“Soucek picked up a foot injury against Chelsea so he could be a question mark.
“Nayef returned back on Tuesday, out of his boot. He is seeing the specialist today.
“It looks good at the moment.”
That is great news. And while the timescale may not necessarily change when Aguerd sees the specialist, it is hugely promising and the club will undoubtedly hope to get him back sooner rather than later.