David Moyes says West Ham defender’s progress is ‘ahead of schedule’ before Eintracht Frankfurt

West Ham are in the midst of a defensive crisis, with Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma out for the season.

The Hammers are in the midst of a defensive injury crisis with the trio of central defenders Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma all huge doubts for the game.

Ogbonna has been ruled out of the season since November last year, while Zouma will be lucky to kick a ball again.

However Moyes revealed that Diop was slightly ahead of schedule, although still a doubt for the clash against Eintracht Frankfurt.

David Moyes speaks to the press ahead of the Eintracht Frankfurt match. Credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

They also played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with only Craig Dawson as the fit central defender, and held out for most of the game until Dawson was sent off and the Blues made their superior numbers count.

The manager admitted he could do with some central defenders for the huge home leg against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Issa Diop played a key role against the quarter-final win against Lyon. Credit: JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images

He said: “We’ve got most people who were available over the weekend available and we’ve got the people who were injured making progress, but I’m not sure.

“I would not rush anyone back, but we could do with some central defenders back.

“We need all hands on deck and we are getting to the business end of the season and you need your best players back.

“We certainly need some players back as we’ve been quite short.

“Issa is slightly ahead of schedule but I never rush players back so we will have to wait and see.”

Mark Noble speaks to the press ahead of West Ham’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt. Credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Thursday night will probably be the last time captain Mark Noble steps out as a West Ham player on a European night.

There have been talks that he could continue playing, at least if West Ham make it into the Champions League.

Noble has been instrumental in the recent success story, and fans are beginning to get emotional regarding his retirement.

But the midfielder says he would prefer to leave on the high instead of dragging on because of the Champions League.

He confirmed: “I have been asked about this by several people but my answer to that is that if we win it then just lifting the trophy will be a nice way to end it.”