Injury expert: Ogbonna could make 'remarkable' West Ham comeback
Angelo Ogbonna could conceivably make his West Ham comeback in as little as “five months”.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Ogbonna suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in the Hammers’ 3-2 win over Liverpool on 7 November.
He has since undergone surgery and took to Twitter on 20 November to reveal that the procedure “went well”.
As quoted by football.london after his side’s 2-1 loss to Man City on 28 November, David Moyes admitted to “missing a player who is vital for us.”
But Dinnery cited the example of former Newcastle United defender Florian Lejeune and claimed that an ultra-quick recovery is not out of the question.
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“Nine months is a possibility,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“The data itself suggests that we could be looking at 270 to 280 days in terms of return-to-play time.
“But we also have several examples of players returning well ahead of schedule. It depends on the type of surgery and the surgeon involved.
“The prime example would be with Florian Lejeune. He went to see Professor Mariani in Italy, a guy that Rafa Benitez likes to use quite a bit.
“His return to play was less than five months. That was pretty remarkable and it isn’t the norm, but it is possible.
“But the data tells us that any player that returns in nine months is at significant risk of suffering a recurrence.
“When you go beyond that nine-month period, that risk is effectively halved month on month. The longer you leave it, the better it is.”
Ogbonna, who is out of contract next summer, featured in all 11 of the Irons’ league matches until his ACL injury.
His side remain in 4th place in the table but have lost against both Wolves and Man City in the last two weeks.