The Arthur Masuaku situation must now be a real concern for West Ham boss David Moyes.
The 27-year-old started last season in fine form and was used effectively as a left wing-back by David Moyes.
Masuaku’s season was brought to an abrupt end in December, however, after he underwent surgery on his troublesome knee.
The Congolese ace did return to action briefly in April with two appearances against Wolves and Leicester. He was them omitted from the squad once again, however.
It was suggested that Masuaku was struggling with a build-up of fluid around the knee that was operated on (ExWHUemployee).
Arthur returned to action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a 10 minute cameo against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League. He then played 69 minutes against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
The 27-year-old was then omitted from the squad that travelled to Leeds on Saturday.
Arthur Masuaku situation must now be a real concern for West Ham
There is either something seriously wrong with the former Olympiacos man or the Hammers medics are unable to correctly diagnose his problem.
He is such a useful asset for West Ham and not having available as cover for Aaron Cresswell is causing a real problem.
The 31-year-old is playing week-in, week-out and could soon suffer an injury himself from over exertion.
Getting Masuaku back to full fitness will be absolutely crucial for West Ham.
Hopefully a time will come when the 27-year-old’s knee problems are behind him for good.
It is a huge concern that every time Arthur returns to action he seems to have a setback. This is a situation that we should all be keeping a very close eye on.