By Will Butcher
Cheikhou Kouyate has revealed his determination to come back stronger for West Ham on Twitter after undergoing surgery on a long-standing wrist problem.
The Senegalese midfielder has been suffering with the injury for much of the season but an operation was delayed so Kouyate could help the Hammers avoid relegation.
Slaven Bilic’s side are now safe from the drop after beating London rivals Tottenham 1-0 on Friday night, which has allowed Kouyate to finally undergo surgery.
Posting on his personal Twitter account with his arm in a sling, Kouyate stated that “the pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow” as he sets his sights on his recovery.
It's nver easy & nver over. It will be a fight renewd each morning.The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tmorrow#Alhamdulilah🙌🏿 pic.twitter.com/tIXkEazHDV
— cheikhou kouyate 8 (@PapiCheikhou) May 9, 2017
Kouyate, 27, has made 36 league and cup appearances for the east London side this season, scoring four goals and helping his side keep nine clean sheets.
The former Anderlecht ace has been forced to play out of position at right-back at times this season, with Alvaro Arbeloa and Sam Byram nursing injuries throughout the campaign too.
The Hammers have struggled to replicate the successes of 2015-16 which saw them finish in seventh and qualify for the Europa League.
Now in twelfth, Bilic has come under huge pressure as his side have lost double the amount of Premier League games with two matches still to play.
Kouyate has a contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2021, and will now look to recover in time to take part in the Hammers’ pre-season.
In other West Ham news, Serie A giants Roma are interested in bringing this injury-prone star to Italy.