Mohammed Kudus footage emerges as yet another West Ham United injury concern threatens to derail season
Video footage has emerged of West Ham ace Mohammed Kudus on international duty as yet another injury could be threatening to derail the club’s season.
TV3 Ghana journalist Owuraku Ampofo reported on Twitter that the 23-year-old didn’t train on Monday (20 November) after complaining about a back injury while running, adding that he faces a fitness test ahead of the Black Stars’ game against Comoros on Tuesday (21 November).
The journalist also posted a video that showed the forward clutching at his back and walking gingerly in the 1-0 victory over Madagascar on Friday (17 November), suggesting that was where he may have picked up the potential injury.
This development will be hugely concerning for West Ham after the news that fellow attackers Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio have also picked up injuries while away on international duty.
The former is set to see a specialist about a knee injury he sustained with England, while the Jamaican international looks set to face at least a month on the sidelines due to a knee ligament injury [Claret and Hugh].
If Kudus is also suffering from an injury once he makes his way back to the London Stadium, then David Moyes is going to have a tricky dilemma on his hands.
The Hammers boss will be hoping the Ghanaian’s problem isn’t anything too serious as he would almost certainly be in line for a start against Burnley on Saturday (25 November).
The Scotsman would probably prefer the winger to not risk playing for his country against Comoros on Tuesday, but that situation is out of his hands.
The forward area is one part of the team where the Irons are extremely short on options, with Bowen and Kudus operating as backups when Antonio hasn’t been on the field.
That is because Danny Ings – the only other senior striker at the club – has failed to find any form whatsoever since making the move from Aston Villa in January.
Moyes may have no option other than to throw the 31-year-old in from the start against his old club Burnley in the hope that he can make some kind of impact.
He is more likely to get the nod than Divin Mubama as the 19-year-old hasn’t received many opportunities in the first team during this campaign despite impressing in pre-season.
It may not come to that yet, though, as the East Londoners are anxiously waiting to see what the outcome will be with Bowen and whether or not Kudus’ back problem is anything to be concerned about.
In other West Ham news, a journalist has detailed how likely a former Irons favourite is to replace David Moyes.