West Ham break silence on Kurt Zouma’s injury and hint defender could be out for a while

West Ham will be without their influential defender Kurt Zouma for the Lyon game on Thursday night.

The defender suffered a knee injury in the defeat to Brentford over the weekend and even though the club was initially hopeful that not alot of damage had been done, it’s now clear Zouma would be set for some time on the treatment table.

It’s been a tough week for David Moyes and his team who had Aaron Cresswell sent off half way through the first leg against Lyon and then just didn’t have enough energy to get past Brentford who had a whole week to prepare for their Premier League encounter over the weekend.

The Hammers lost Angelo Ogbonna earlier in the season to a similar knee injury and even though Craig Dawson has proven to be a more than capable replacement and was quite outstanding in the game against Lyon last week, the loss of Zouma would be quite irreplaceable at this stage of the season for various reason, including his experience and form.

Kurt Zouma of West Ham United is challenged by Christian Norgaard of Brentford Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

West manager David Moyes now has a big decision to make which could include shifting someone like Declan Rice back into defence or give Issa Diop, who hasn’t looked convincing a chance to see out the rest of the season.

The club who are clearly devastated with the news confirmed the defender had suffered a knee injury and did not travel with the rest of the squad to France.

A club statement read: “Kurt Zouma will miss Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg tie against Olympique Lyonnais.

“The France international defender is to remain in London for further tests and examination on the ankle injury he suffered during Sunday’s Premier League match at Brentford.

“Everyone at West Ham would like to wish Kurt a speedy recovery.”

The Hammers are still in the race for a finish in the top four of the Premier League but all their attention will be on tomorrow’s crunch encounter against Lyon, as they try to make it to the last four of the the Europa League and possibly set up a historic game against Barcelona or Eintracht Frankfurt.