By Nick Ware

5th Oct, 2021 | 2:27pm

West Ham star Vladimir Coufal withdraws from Czech Republic due to 'health problems'

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal has withdrawn from the Czech Republic international squad due to “health problems”.

The news was confirmed by the official Czech Republic national team website, with Jan Boril, Lukas Masopust and Petr Sevcik also missing out of their World Cup qualifiers this month for the same reason.

No further news was shared on their current condition with Tomas Wiesner, Milan Havel, Jaromir Zmrhal and Jan Kopic replacing the quartet.

Fingers crossed for Hammers

It’s slightly troubling news but West Ham fans will hope that Coufal’s withdrawal is just a precautionary measure.

The Czech Republic have some important games on the horizon, with fixtures against Wales and Belarus, though they will be confident of beating both sides without Coufal, with Irons teammates Tomas Soucek still in attendance alongside the likes of Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Shick.

The national team called it “health problems” for Coufal, which suggests that it may be some sort of illness, but given the fact Coufal has recently been injured, it may well have been lost in translation.

Coufal missed Thursday’s Europa League win over Rapid Wien through injury, and was a doubt for Sunday’s game with Brentford before he was passed fit.

With COVID-19 still looming large as players are regularly tested, there are likely to be fears that Coufal has tested positive for that, but that would merely be speculation at the moment, and their status does not have to be publicly revealed.

West Ham’s next game is away to Everton on October 17, and David Moyes will be hoping to see Coufal make a recovery before then.

In other West Ham news, Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at GSB detractors in a money claim on this Irons ace.

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