Kurt Zouma is set for extended period on the sidelines as West Ham confirm defender suffered a serious hamstring injury during Chelsea victory to add to David Moyes’ problems at the back
- Kurt Zouma was forced off during West Ham’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday
- London club confirmed that the defender suffered a hamstring tendon injury
- David Moyes has already lost Angelo Ogbonna for the season through injury
West Ham have confirmed Kurt Zouma has suffered a serious hamstring injury, in a second significant defensive blow.
Centre-back Zouma is facing months out after scans confirmed the severity of the injury that forced him off in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Chelsea.
West Ham were awaiting the results of a second check on Zouma’s injury before discovering the full extent of the setback.
Kurt Zouma suffered a hamstring tendon injury during West Ham’s clash with Chelsea
There were initial concerns that Zouma had suffered a problem in his knee.
A statement released on Tuesday said: ‘West Ham United can confirm that Kurt Zouma sustained a hamstring tendon injury during Saturday’s Premier League victory against Chelsea.
‘A scan on Monday revealed the damage and the 27-year-old French international defender has already started his recovery programme at Rush Green under the supervision of the medical team.’
West Ham have not put a timescale on Zouma’s absence and are hopeful he will play again this season though his injury will further increase their need to sign a new defender in January.
The central defender now faces an extended period out as he recovers from the problem
The injuries to his first-choice pair has left Moyes with Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as his remaining fit centre-backs.
Zouma has been a big hit since his £30million summer move from Chelsea, establishing himself as a first-choice pick for manager David Moyes and starting every league game since mid-September.
West Ham also confirmed that Ben Johnson has suffered a low grade hamstring strain against Chelsea and also begun his rehab.
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