Medical expert: 'Sinister' Kurt Zouma update could now 'derail' West Ham's season
Kurt Zouma’s sprained ankle could end his season and “derail” the remainder of the campaign for West Ham.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Zouma, 27, has not featured since he limped off before half-time in the Hammers’ 2-0 defeat at Brentford earlier this month (10 April).
As quoted by club media last Wednesday (13 April), David Moyes confirmed that the Frenchman had suffered a sprained ankle.
Fellow centre-half Angelo Ogbonna is out for the season, as is Issa Diop after he picked up an ankle ligament injury earlier this week.
And Dinnery fears that the lack of central defenders available to Moyes threatens to kill what might otherwise be a historic season for the Irons.
“This is a concern,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“You tend to think of centre-backs as being fairly robust and players who play through the pain barrier and get on with it.
“So when a player is unable to continue, that’s a fairly good indication that there is something sinister going on.
“Where we are standing now, it’s touch and go for the rest of the season. There are no guarantees we will see him again.
“With the absence of Ogbonna and now Issa Diop, it is worrying. It has the possibility of derailing their season at the final hurdle, almost.”
The Hammers are still in the race for European spots in the Premier League and are into the semi-finals of the Europa League.
They take on Chelsea in the league on Sunday (24 April) before the first leg of their European tie against Eintracht Frankfurt the following Thursday.