By Daniel Feliciano
The France international was forced off injured during the 3-2 win over Chelsea at the weekend after tweaking his knee. There were immediate fears that he had suffered ligament damage, having previously suffered a cruciate rupture in his career.
They claim that a second scan on the injury has shown a torn ligament in Zouma’s knee, however the problem won’t require surgery to repair and the 27-year-old will likely miss between 6-12 weeks of action.
Zouma’s injury means that the Hammers have got just Issa Diop and Craig Dawson as senior central defender options. Declan Rice is also capable of playing in the role, but he is at his absolute best in a midfield role and Moyes will surely be reluctant to move him away from that position.
With big games coming up against Burnley, Arsenal, Norwich, Southampton and Watford in the Premier League before the end of the year, fans will be desperate for no more injury problems so they can try to strengthen the squad during the transfer window.
The loss of Zouma will likely see Moyes return to a four-at-the-back formation for the foreseeable future purely out of necessity, which could affect results. It could potentially be a chance for youngsters to make their name though, with Goncalo Cardoso highly-rated among the youth teams.
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