Injury expert hails West Ham after rare 'agreement' reached over Coufal
West Ham and the Czech Republic deserve praise after coming to an agreement over Vladimir Coufal’s injury.
That is according to medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Coufal, 29, withdrew from the Cezch Republic squad last week and returned to Rush Green for treatment.
West Ham’s head of medical, Richard Collinge, told the club’s official website Coufal has a groin issue.
He also revealed both the Hammers’ and Czech’s medical teams had come to an agreement over the issue.
Dinnery hailed this rarely seen decision as it negates any risk of the defender being ruled out for a prolonged period by playing through injury.
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“He’s been managing this injury for a week or two,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“This problem was picked up in a challenge with Matic in the Carabao Cup so it’s carried over.
“I don’t think it’s too serious. The national team will have been aware of the injury.
“But this was great to see. The problem with national and club teams is everyone is working towards their own agenda.
“It’s a results-based business and if you aren’t winning you will lose your job.
“This time, there seems to have been an agreement.
“Coufal is a big player for both West Ham and the Czech Republic. There needs to be an element of trust there.
“That seems to be the case in this situation and all involved need a pat on the back. You don’t see that often.
“There is no point in risking a player unless you really have to.”