By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th May, 2023 | 11:10am

Pundit urges West Ham United to let Kurt Zouma train less as injury problems continue

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Frank McAvennie has told West Ham to allow Kurt Zouma not to train all the time to try and get on top of his regular injury issues.

The France international has picked up several injuries over the course of his time at the London Stadium, but tends to have a quicker recovery time than normal which sees him return faster than expected.

However the defender picked up another injury recently in the draw with Newcastle and McAvennie has suggested that the club try something different with him to see if he can avoid any more problems going forward.

“He’s decent isn’t he but he’s injured all the time,” he told West Ham Zone.

“I don’t know. Maybe they need to just say don’t train today and let him sit it out. Why can’t they do it?

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“I know there’s a lot of games but maybe some man management, leave him out every now and then.”

According to Transfermarkt Zouma has missed 143 days of action since signing for the club from Chelsea in the summer of 2021, missing a total of 23 games.

He underwent knee surgery earlier this season during the World Cup break, and recently returned from another problem rather quickly and is expected to play against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa Conference League semi-final second leg.