By Dr Rajpal Brar

29th Apr, 2023 | 7:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at West Ham...

Gianluca Scamacca will certainly not be back in action this season for West Ham and is unlikely to return before July, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert reacted to the news that the Italian may be out for two months, which would see him back in June for the pre-season training and matches.

However, he believes that the Italian is likely to be out until July with the club delaying the decision to undergo surgery.

Scamacca had been ruled out for a few weeks before the Hammers opted to go ahead with the operating, thus ending his season in the bargain.

Speaking exclusively with West Ham Zone, Brar, a specialist in Physical Therapy and Sports Scientist, said, “Scammaca underwent surgery on a tear in his lateral meniscus and will miss two to three months which aligns with a meniscus repair, but I would lean more towards the three months.

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The evolution of his plan of care from “wait and see” to surgery aligns with a meniscus injury as in certain cases physio can help calm the injury down and allow the player to play.

The Italian has not enjoyed the first season he would have hoped for in the Premier League after a 16-goal campaign at Sassuolo in 2022/23.

Due to injuries and David Moyes’ team selection, the 24-year-old just started 11 league games and found the back of the net on three occasions.

Michail Antonio, on the other hand, has been Moyes’ preferred option to lead the line, making 17 Premier League starts and 12 more appearances off the bench compared to Scamacca’s five.