By Daniel Feliciano

25th Nov, 2022 | 7:40am

West Ham United ace Kurt Zouma out for 'foreseeable future' after undergoing knee surgery

West Ham United have been dealt a major blow as Kurt Zouma has been ruled out for the “foreseeable future” after undergoing knee surgery.

The club confirmed on Thursday night (24 November) that the France international had undergone surgery on a knee issue, but didn’t reveal an expected return date for the defender.

Now according to the Daily Mail (25 November), the injury is likely to keep the defender out for a while which will come as a huge disappointment to Hammers fans as they battle against relegation following a poor start to the season.

Zouma has played in 14 of the 15 Premier League games so far this season and has established himself as the first-choice centre back at the club since joining from Chelsea two years ago.

David Moyes will be gutted to lose him, having only just got summer signing Nayef Aguerd back fit again before the World Cup after a long-term injury caused his debut for the club to be delayed for months.

Shocker

There has got to be something going on at the club with all these injuries we’ve been getting, especially in defence.

Zouma has had trouble with his knees in the past, and this season it had been reported that he was playing through an injury to help the team get through a fitness crisis.

Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Aguerd have all had fitness problems this season, which has led to full-backs Ben Johnson and Thilo Kehrer starting games alongside Zouma in the heart of the defence.

But with Zouma now forced onto the sidelines for a while, the club must hope for no further concerns from their other options and hope that the former Stoke defender can recover and get back to his best relatively quickly.

The Hammers sit one point above the relegation zone with nine defeats in their opening 15 games this season, causing Moyes to be under severe pressure for his job.

They return after the World Cup break for games against league leaders Arsenal, London rivals Brentford and relegation battling Leeds in their first three games.