David Moyes has delivered the latest fitness update on West Ham duo Kurt Zouma and Ben Johnson ahead of their Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
Zouma picked up a serious hamstring injury during West Ham’s
2-1 victory over Chelsea.
Johnson also got injured in the same match. Moyes has suggested that the injuries are not that serious as initially feared.
“I don’t know exactly yet. But we’re not feeling it’s as bad as we first thought that’s for sure. For both of them,” said Moyes, as quoted by Football London.
Johnson has been simply outstanding this season for the
Hammers, and losing him would be a big blow.
Likewise, Zouma’s absence will hurt the Hammers who are
already without Angelo Ogbonna for the rest of the season through injury.
While no timeline has been put as to when the duo can return, it is expected that Johnson will take around two to four weeks, while Zouma could be a long-term absentee.
With the January transfer window around the corner, Moyes has made it clear (8 December) that he will look to sign one or two defenders, although he understands January is not the best time to get the kind of players they want.
West Ham need to bolster their defensive areas, and they have been linked with some very good players already.
According to a recent report from The Guardian, Burnley defender James Tarkowski is being admired by the Hammers, but the Clarets are reluctant to let him go.
Likewise, the Hammers have been linked [Evening Standard] with a move for Nathaniel Phillips who has dropped down the pecking order at Liverpool this season.
In other West Ham news, an attacker the Hammers want to sign has been left out of the matchday squad, potential January move seems to be on the cards
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