By Saikat Mandal

20th Nov, 2021 | 8:10pm

Angelo Ogbonna delivers message after surgery

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna has posted a brilliant message on Twitter after undergoing surgery today.

The 33-year-old sustained a knee injury during West Ham’s 3-2 win against Liverpool prior to the international break.

It was later confirmed that he has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will miss the rest of the season.

Ogbonna has undergone surgery today. The defender has suggested that it went well, and he can’t wait to get back on the pitch. He wrote:

“The surgery went well and now the recovery begins.

“I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. Thank you for all your messages of support. Today, even from here, I will support the Team. Come on you, Irons.”

Huge blow

David Moyes claimed yesterday that that centre back’s recovery is going to take somewhat around nine months, which rules him out for the rest of the season.

Considering his age, it could take even longer for him to get back to full fitness.

He has been outstanding for the Hammers this season, forgoing a strong partnership alongside Kurt Zouma at the heart of defence.

It’s a really sad moment for everyone, and we pray for his quick recovery.

Moyes has Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as other options in defence, while Declan Rice can also play there.  

However, in all probability, Rice won’t be used in defence, as he has been in phenomenal form in the central midfield role.

It will be interesting to see if Moyes now look to sign a new centre-back in January.

Ogbonna has a contract at the club till the end of the season, but West Ham are likely to extend his deal to one more year.

In other West Ham news, the club have revived their interest in a highly-rated forward with a £16.8m release clause .

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