West Ham boss David Moyes suggested that he didn’t play Kurt Zouma last night due to concerns about his knee.
The Hammers beat Silkeborg 3-2 in the UEFA Europa Conference League yesterday, with Moyes making sweeping changes to his starting XI.
One of the key first-team players left out was Kurt Zouma.
Zouma has looked shaky at times this season, but he has played every Premier League game for West Ham thus far.
It seems as though Moyes doesn’t 100% trust the centre-back’s knee to hold up on a firm pitch just yet though…
David Moyes makes worrying Kurt Zouma knee admission
The Scot addressed the media after West Ham’s 3-2 win over Silkeborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League Group B clash last night.
And when asked whether he was worried about Craig Dawson’s thigh problem, Moyes told Football.London how starting Zouma against Silkeborg on the artificial pitch last night would have been more of a risk:
“Strangely enough, I wasn’t. I was probably more wary about Kurt [Zouma] with his knee and Angelo [Ogbonna] with his knee, coming back from a cruciate, so they were my bigger concerns tonight on this.”
In my view, that’s a really big concern.
Kurt Zouma really struggled to pass his medical when he joined West Ham last summer, because of his troublesome knee.
The issue reared its ugly head last season when he spent a couple of months on the sidelines and there have been numerous times this term when it seems as though he has done his knee badly.
Losing Zouma for a prolonged period of time would be a huge blow for the Hammers.
The fact that Moyes even brought Zouma’s knee up in the press conference last night proves that the Scot is concerned about him.
Hopefully he manages to avoid a serious injury this season, because we really need him.