West Ham star Ogbonna won't be same player until 2023-24 - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

3rd May, 2022 | 8:59am

Medical expert: Angelo Ogbonna may not recover for two seasons after West Ham training news

Angelo Ogbonna may not reach pre-injury performance levels until 2023-24 despite his recent return to individual training at 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.

Ogbonna, 33, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in November and underwent surgery soon after.

As quoted by club media last Wednesday (27 April), David Moyes claimed that he would be “amazed if he returned this season.”

However, the manager did reveal that the Italian centre-back has completed some light running drills and is ahead of schedule in his rehab.

The Hammers are hanging on in the race for a top-six spot in the league and are vying to reach a first-ever Europa League final.

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But Dinnery predicts that Ogbonna will play no part in the run-in and will take a considerable amount of time before he reaches peak performance.

“In terms of being physically fit and ready, I would write this season off,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“It might take a little while to return to peak performance. It’s usually the second season back where you see those levels of consistency.

“But this is a chance to get a solid pre-season and reintegrate with his teammates and get ready for action in August.”

Ogbonna scored once in 11 appearances this season before injury.

The Irons travel to Frankfurt for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday (5 May).

In other news, Moyes’ pal claims West Ham ready to overturn Eintracht Frankfurt deficit as “incredible” claim issued.