By Ben Dinnery

12th Jan, 2022 | 4:00pm

Medical expert: Zouma is 'defying the odds' at West Ham as exact comeback date named

Kurt Zouma is “defying the odds” and could be back in action when West Ham face Man United next Sunday (23 January).

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Zouma has not featured for the Hammers since he sustained a hamstring tendon injury in the 3-2 win over Chelsea on 4 December (2021).

Per the Irons media team today (11 January), David Moyes claimed the Frenchman is “doing well” but couldn’t put an exact date on his return.

But Dinnery claims the 27-year-old, who was a £30million summer signing from Chelsea, could be back sooner than anticipated.

“In a best-case scenario, we’re potentially looking at before the winter break,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

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“Maybe not this weekend, but maybe game week 23. That puts him slightly ahead of schedule.

“That’s best-case, that’s good going. There are external factors that could influence that, of course.

“West Ham haven’t been doing too badly. They have been putting results together, so maybe Moyes could take that decision to hold him back.

“Either way, I wouldn’t envisage any further setbacks.

“It’s looking good for something that we initially thought might have kept him out until the end of February. So he is defying the odds in that respect.

Zouma has scored once in 13 appearances since his switch from Chelsea.

The Hammers are also dealing with injuries to Vladimir Coufal, Angelo Ogbonna and Aaron Cresswell in the defensive areas.

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