Italian side Sassuolo has today confirmed worrying news about the health of West Ham United fan favourite Pedro Obiang.
Elegant midfielder Obiang left West Ham for Sassuolo in the summer of 2019 for around £7.2 million, according to BBC Sport.
The former Spain youth international moved to the Hammers in the summer of 2015 from Sampdoria and went on to make 116 appearances for the club (Soccerbase).
Hugely popular fan favourite Obiang would still be a useful squad player for West Ham two years after being sold
The 29-year-old was a popular figure in east London, and many West Ham fans were sad to see him leave.
They were even more angry when the Equatorial Guinea international was not replaced until the arrival of Tomas Soucek in January 2020.
Indeed many West Ham fans would argue Obiang would be ideal back-up in central midfield even now, especially with the Hammers in Europe this season.
Obiang is fondly remembered by West Ham fans. He has gone down in Hammers folklore as the man who supposedly removed Dimitri Payet from the West Ham WhatsApp group chat when the Frenchman downed tools to force a move back to Marseille (The Independent).
Concern over Obiang as Sassuolo confirm potentially serious lung disorder
And his amazing long range goal against bitter rivals Tottenham will live long in the memory.
Obiang still keeps a close eye out for West Ham’s results and celebrates the club’s success on social media.
So West Ham fans will be concerned after Sassuolo confirmed the fan favourite is suffering from a potentially serious lung disorder that will put his football career on hold for an undetermined period.
Get well Pedro! Obiang’s career on hold for undetermined period
“We inform you that the player Pedro Obiang was recently subjected to checks at the University Hospital of Modena, where a bronchopulmonary outbreak of a viral nature was detected,” Sassuolo announced on the club’s official website on Monday afternoon.
“At the moment, for prudential purposes, it will be necessary to abstain from sporting activity, the duration of which will be evaluated in the near future.”
I am sure all West Ham fans will join Hammers News in wishing Obiang a full and speedy recovery.