West Ham’s silence over the Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma injuries is deafening since initial update confirming one match absence.

West Ham fans know only too well that manager David Moyes likes to play his cards close to his chest when it comes to team news, injuries and transfers.

But the Hammers have taken that to new extremes this season with fans left relying on reliable club insiders for key information on injuries.

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That’s despite such information usually being communicated to fans via official channels at other clubs.

West Ham appear to have an injury curse on their left-sided centre-backs this season.

The Hammers lost Angelo Ogbonna to a long-term ACL injury in November.

Kurt Zouma was then out for over a month shortly after that before being ruled out – potentially for the season – following an ankle sprain against Brentford.

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Now David Moyes has been rocked by the news that Diop could miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury picked up against Burnley.

The defensive crisis comes at the worst possible for time for West Ham.

The Irons have their huge Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt looming large over the next two weeks.

And West Ham are also desperate to secure a European spot in the Premier League too.

Speculation has been rife that Zouma is and Diop are out for the rest of the season.

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But in the only official communication from West Ham on either injury thus far, the club have only confirmed that Zouma would miss one match.

“West Ham United can confirm that Kurt Zouma will miss Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg tie against Olympique Lyonnais,” West Ham stated one week ago today (April 12th).

“The France international defender is to remain in London for further tests and examination on the ankle injury he suffered during Sunday’s Premier League match at Brentford.

“Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Kurt a speedy recovery.”

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The West Ham silence over the Diop and Zouma injuries is deafening since that initial update.

In fairness to the club Diop could well be undergoing further tests and scans before any confirmation regarding his injury sustained against Burnley.

The reports doing the rounds are very worrying indeed given what is at stake for West Ham in the next six weeks.

If there was any good news on Zouma then it would give everyone a boost if the club communicated that to supporters.

But with Moyes always so keen to keep everyone – especially West Ham’s opponents – guessing, we cannot necessarily read too much into the fact the Hammers have not done done that.

Let’s just hope there is some good news coming our way.


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