By Beck Pascal

10th Jan, 2022 | 4:10pm

Kurt Zouma hands West Ham huge boost with early injury return

West Ham will receive a massive boost with Kurt Zouma, expected to return from injury ahead of schedule according to Evening Standard.

The Frenchman was expected to return to action sometime in February after suffering a hamstring injury against Chelsea, the club he joined the Hammers from for £29.8million at the start of the season. 

Zouma could be back in action as early as January 22 when the Irons travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. 

The 27-year-old’s injury fell in line with his first-choice partner, Angelo Ogbonna, season-ending injury which left David Moyes with a defensive crisis at the London Stadium. 

Don’t rush it 

Those who have covered him at centre back have done a great job. Craig Dawson has been an animal in defence and produced performances many Hammers probably didn’t know he was capable of. 

But it’s not quite the same as having your first-choice centre back partnership playing. The Irons were flying in the early stages of the season with many pinning the turn in their form on the defensive crisis. 

The drop off in quality was clear but West Ham have weathered the storm well and are nearly out of it.

Obviously, Ogbonna won’t return to action this season but Zouma returning alongside Dawson will be massive for the Hammers. After all, he was one of the marquee signings of the summer at the London Stadium. 

His quick recovery is brilliant news and testament to the hard work and determination that is so evident from the Frenchman. 

Moyes mustn’t rush him back into action though. Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky with any setback potentially fatal in his recovery to full fitness. 

The Irons will rely on him until the end of the season once he returns so it is important he is fit and available for as many games as possible.  

In other Hammers news, West Ham maestro Bowen has been tipped for potential England call up.