By Russell Edge
West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has been ruled of his side’s final fixtures after deciding to undergo surgery on his wrist, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim that the decision was made following the club’s 1-0 win over Tottenham, which mathematically secured the Hammers’ Premier League safety.
The Senegal midfielder is reported to have been playing with a wrist injury all season, which included his stint at the African Cup of Nations, but did not want to be missing during his club’s crucial fixtures in their aim to secure their place in the top flight next season.
Kouyate joined the Hammers in 2014 from Belgian club Anderlecht, and is contracted at the club until 2021 after signing a long term extension back in March.
The 27-year-old has been somewhat of a mainstay in the Premier League this season, having missed just five of his side’s 36 fixtures this season.
In that time the Senegal international has scored just a solitary goal, which helped to secure a 1-0 win at home to Swansea at the start of April.
The Hammers host Liverpool in their penultimate match of this season, before finishing with a trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are in the hunt for a 27-year-old Championship defender.