By Pranav Shahaney

20th Oct, 2021 | 7:15pm

Vladimir Coufal may be ruled out for three West Ham games

West Ham may be without the services of right-back Vladimir Coufal for three games, according to Claret and Hugh.

This not only includes Thursday night’s clash against Genk in the Europa League, but also the big London derby on Sunday against arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Czech Republic defender sustained an injury prior to the international break and has yet to feature for the Hammers since then.

Bad news

Coufal is one of West Ham’s best players and is a guaranteed starter when fit, no questions asked.

He was one of the players that David Moyes brought to the club and that decision has paid off tenfold.

The Czech international is also admired a great deal by former Liverpool captain and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.

Picking him in his Team of the Year for last season, Carragher said on Sky Sports [24/05/21], “At right-back I’ve gone for Vladimir Coufal, I love him. He plays week in, week out, has been brilliant and typifies West Ham’s season.”

Ben Johnson has deputised well in his absence and Ryan Fredericks may also be available, but none of them are quite at the level of Coufal and Moyes knows that.

For one of the biggest games of the season, he would’ve wanted to count on the 29-year-old’s services, but unfortunately, he may have to get the job done without him.

Hopefully, Johnson continues to start in his absence as he’s starting to show just what a talented prospect he is.

In other West Ham news, the club are in line for potential £10m windfall after PL shareholder meeting – The Athletic

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