By Anthony Onifade

15th Mar, 2023 | 5:02pm

West Ham United injury news as Vladimir Coufal set to return to action after international break

West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal is expected to be back in action after the international break, an inside source has told Claret & Hugh.

Hammers boss David Moyes revealed last week on 8 March the Czech international had been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his heel.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery revealed on 9 March that the Czech international could be on the sidelines for “months” and may undergo surgery because of the heel problem.

But according to Claret & Hugh sources [14 March], Coufal could well feature in the Hammers matchday squad after the international break.

“We were told by a London Stadium source that it was even hoped the Czech defender would be back in action soon after the international break.

“He said speaking exclusively to us this afternoon: “It’s not a precise injury, it’s one that needs time and Vladimir will hopefully be back in the matchday squad after the international break.”

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Big boost

With the Hammers steeped in a nerve-wracking relegation dogfight, losing Coufal’s experience and mentality comes as a huge blow for Moyes and his team.

The heel problem picked up by Coufal seems like a rare condition, and one which the Hammers certainly can’t take any chances with, but it seems as though the Czech international could be back sooner rather than later which comes as a big boost to the East Londoners.

The Scottish manager certainly needs all the quality he can get right now as his side sitting in 17th in the Premier League table.

Coufal’s experience, presence and leadership is desperately required during this period, despite his current Hammers deal running out in June. He may not feature regularly in the starting XI with Ben Johnson impressing in his place currently, but having Coufal in the dressing room is something Moyes would deem a huge plus for his side.

The post-international break run of games could well prove to be the most crucial in the club’s history. Moyes will need every fibre of his squad in tip-top condition.