By Matt Farr
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has flown to France to see a specialist as he continues his recovery from a back injury, according to a reliable journalist.
Injury expert Ben Dinnery claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the 27-year-old attacker had visited a specialist in France due to the complexity of his back injury.
Sakho saw a specialist in France due to the complexity of his back injury with a view to returning in June to prepare for next season #WHUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) May 18, 2017
Sakho has previously undergone surgery to assist in the recovery progress, and he has returned to light training, but the latest development suggests that he is still seeking consultation.
The Senegal international has missed the majority of the season due to a persistent back problem, having been restricted to just four first-team appearances in all competitions.
He sat out of the start of the campaign, and did not make his first appearance until the narrow defeat to Tottenham on November 11. But he only lasted two matches before returning to the sidelines.
However, when returning to the line-up against Arsenal in early April, he again managed just two appearances before missing West Ham’s last three matches with a recurrence of his back injury.
He is unlikely to feature again for the club this season, and Dinnery has revealed the player has a view to a return in June, well-ahead of the start of the new season.
West Ham’s first-team squad have been plagued by injuries this season, and Sakho is among no fewer than six important players that are currently sidelined.