By Saikat Mandal

19th Nov, 2022 | 8:10pm

West Ham United defender Kurt Zouma's latest injury update shared

West Ham defender Kurt Zouma may not have picked up a serious injury, as reported by Claret and Hugh.

The reliable Hammers outlet has reported that a key source has informed them that the French defender felt uncomfortable during the warm-up against Leicester City, but the injury is not serious.

He is expected to resume normal duty for his side after the World Cup in Qatar, although no official update has been shared from the club as of yet.

Claret and Hugh wrote: “However, a key source inside the London Stadium said that although Zouma had felt uncomfortable in the warm-up. the Hammers medics do not suspect serious problems.”

Injury expert Ben Dinnery told Give Me Sport (16 November) it was a risky decision taken by David Moyes to play him, and it appears as if it’s “reared its ugly head.”

Injury concern

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Zouma looked uncomfortable during the warm-up, but Moyes probably felt he could pull it off. The defender lasted only 15 minutes on the pitch as the Hammers lost 2-0 against Leicester City. 

The concerning part is this is not the first time Zouma had trouble with his knee. He has had a long history of knee problems during his time at Chelsea and Stoke City. 

He has already had a serious ACL injury in the past, and let’s hope he hasn’t aggravated his injury this time around.

The Frenchman can use this World Cup break to recover fully, as West Ham badly need him. The 28-year-old has made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season and he is an integral part of Moyes’s plans. 

Nayef Aguerd is likely to feature regularly after the World Cup unless he picks up another injury. Moyes also has Thilo Kehrer and Craig Dawson as other options. 

If the injury is not serious, then the Hammers are unlikely to sign another centre-back in January, but the transfer plans could change easily if the worst fears come true.