By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

12th Oct, 2021 | 1:10pm

Frank McAvennie reacts as West Ham star Vladimir Coufal withdraws from international duty

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Frank McAvennie is hopeful that Vladimir Coufal will be back in action soon after the West Ham right-back was withdrawn from international duty last week.

The official Czech Republic national team website reported last week [05/10/21] that the 28-year-old had been excused from their World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Belarus due to “health problems”.

Coufal had been suffering from an injury and he was ruled out of his club’s Europa League clash with Rapid Wien on September 30, which the Irons won 2-0.

Claret and Hugh have since offered an update on the defender. Their club source told them: “Coufal’s body just needed a break. He’s played non-stop for 18 months.

“He’s been feeling pain for weeks and hopefully, this short break will help him recover as we need him back to his best.”

Ex-Irons hero McAvennie seems to be in agreement with this sentiment.

“Hopefully [it’s not a bad one],” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“This is something that is obviously bothering him.

“Hopefully, it’s not going to be for long and they’ve caught it at the right time and they can get it sorted.

“It’s not a bad thing coming back, he’ll get treatment, a full load of treatment at West Ham, and that’s a good thing.”

In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to launch a bid for this England international Roy Keane called ‘perfect’.

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