By Anthony Onifade

26th Jan, 2023 | 2:40pm

West Ham striker Gianluca Scamacca sends promising two-word message following injury lay-off

Gianluca Scamacca took to his Instagram [26 January] to send a two-word message to West Ham fans following his reported month-long injury lay-off.

The £35m summer signing hasn’t featured for the Hammers since picking up a knee injury in his goalscoring performance against Leeds United earlier this month.

Injury Expert Ben Dinnery highlighted in his most recent West Ham United injuries update that there is currently no return date for Scamacca.

The Hammers signed Aston Villa striker Danny Ings to weather the injury trouble, but he also suffered an injury on his debut in the win over Everton – 24 hours after being unveiled as a new signing.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol reported [Sky Sports, 20 January] that he’s been told that Scamacca will be out for a month, despite David Moyes’ claims that the player will only be on the sidelines for a short while.

And taking to his Instagram stories [26 January], the Italian sent a two-word message to the club fans regarding his injury lay-off. He said, “soon back,” alongside a flame emoji.

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Huge relief

With the Hammers struggling for goals in what’s been an underwhelming campaign so far for David Moyes, Scamacca updating his fans on Instagram will come as a huge relief to the fans.

The Italian hasn’t really set the Premier League alight since his move from Italian club Sassuolo in the summer, just scoring three goals from 16 appearances.

What is without doubt though is that the 24-year-old hitman still has plenty of room to grow and has already shown glimpses of his quality, but has struggled to find some consistency. The injury certainly hasn’t helped his cause.

But with new signing Ings out of action too, the Hammers will need their Italian ace back fit and firing.

Until then, Moyes will be praying the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio can rediscover their hot streak to drag the club out of trouble in the coming weeks.