A West Ham insider claims David Moyes may have spoken too soon on the Kurt Zouma injury as the Hammers face an anxious wait.
With Angelo Ogbonna out for the season and no new arrivals in January, Zouma’s importance to this West Ham side cannot be understated.
That was further underlined by the fact he was needed at the heart of defence for the entire 120 minutes of West Ham’s fortunate FA Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers.
The Frenchman collapsed to the ground late on after treading on the ball and awkwardly twisting his knee in the process.
West Ham hearts were in mouths as the £29m summer signing received lengthy treatment and BBC cameras captured him screaming in pain on the deck.
Zouma eventually played on with West Ham having no more substitutes.
But he was seen walking very gingerly and was reluctant to receive the ball.
History dictates West Ham supporters are conditioned to fear the worst when it comes to injuries to key players.
Fans were reassured when David Moyes said he did not think Zouma’s injury was ‘too bad’ after the game.
West Ham insider claims David Moyes may have spoken too soon on Kurt Zouma injury
But Claret and Hugh claim a club insider has told them Moyes may have spoken too soon on the knock.
“David Moyes claimed after the game that he was thought to be okay but maybe that judgement came a little too quickly,” Claret and Hugh state.
“An insider told us: ‘It’s too early to say but it was his his ‘bad’ knee that was damaged’.
“Zouma now seems likely to head for a scan ahead of the game against Watford before any decision can be made on his fitness.”
Having only just come back from a lengthy absence after injuring a hamstring tendon connected to the back of his knee against his old club Chelsea earlier in the season, the concern is understandable.
On that occasion Moyes initially looked to play the injury down.
But the situation will become clearer in the next 48 hours one way or another with West Ham facing Watford on Tuesday night.