Injury expert: Moyes may not have told whole truth after 'sinister' Ogbonna reveal at West Ham
David Moyes may have known about Angelo Ogbonna’s “sinister” injury at West Ham well before the club officially released the news.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
West Ham confirmed on 9 November that Ogbonna sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 3-2 win over Liverpool two days earlier.
Moyes originally told reporters that a separate eye injury had forced the 34-year-old Italian centre-back to withdraw after 20 minutes.
But subsequent scans revealed that Ogbonna had suffered damage to his ACL that will likely rule him out for several months.
Dinnery claims that Moyes may have suspected ACL damage contrary to what he told the media in the immediate aftermath of the Liverpool match.
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“It’s not unheard of that players continue to play after that sort of injury,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“The fact that he got that eye injury so soon after probably made their mind up and maybe masked the issue.
“If he had stayed on a little longer, it would have been the knee that took him off anyway. But in the end, it was the cut to the face that did it.
“He may have thought he could run it off, and the staff would have been aware of that.
“Moyes didn’t want to give too much away with his post-match comments, that was a little bit of a mystery to me initially.
“But he may well have known there was something more sinister going on with that knee.
“Different players have different tolerances. They can cope with pain to varying degrees.
“Some players will try and shake it off, others get the slightest touch and start rolling around like they’re an extra off Platoon.“