By Laura O’Leary
Nathan Holland is set to potentially spend three months out injured for West Ham, with a torn hamstring.
The highly-rated youngster, who academy boss Tom Westley once claimed was one of the best players the Hammers had ever made, had to undergo surgery due to the injury.
The news was first broke by Twitter account ‘ExWHUemployee’ who also had some kind words for the teenager’s performances so far this season:
Bad news: Nathan Holland has torn his hamstring in training and is having an opp tomorrow! He is likely to be out for three months! Very harsh on the lad as he had been impressing in academy games and training and could have had a first team chance ⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) November 13, 2017
While the club have not confirmed the injury officially, Holland tweeted the following message confirming the operation.
He tweeted to thank fans for their support by posting the following message:
Operation couldn’t of went any better, let the hard work begin ????????. Thanks for the messages ❗️.
— Nathan Holland (@hollandnathan_1) November 14, 2017
The 19-year-old has been in impressive form for West Ham U-23s this season, scoring three goals and grabbing one assist in seven appearances.
The young winger also got the nod to play in the EFL Trophy this season against Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, but was unable to get on the score sheet.
Holland has only been with West Ham’s youth academy since January 2017, making the move from Everton.
He previously progressed through Everton’s system before leaving, featuring in their U-18 and U-23 teams.
The former England U-19 international is contracted to the Hammers until June 2020.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has reportedly asked former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic for advice