West Ham United fans have been provided a positive injury update on Nayef Aguerd directly from the club medical staff, thanks to first-team coach Mark Warburton.
The Lowdown: Aguerd’s fitness
Aguerd arrived at the London Stadium in a deal totalling £30m in the summer transfer window, but fans have seen little of the centre-back after he had to undergo surgery for an ankle injury sustained in a pre-season friendly match against Rangers.
As such, news of the Morocco international limping off the pitch against Spain at the World Cup, after appearing to clutch his ankle, will have caused massive concern for manager David Moyes, but a new update has emerged which indicates it is not as bad as first feared.
The Latest: Warburton’s update
As per Football London, Warburton has given West Ham fans some cause for optimism with his latest comments from a very good source:
“He came off tonight, we all saw him on the coach rubbing his groin.
“He’s made contact with the medical team and he didn’t appear too concerned so fingers crossed it is not too bad.”
The Verdict: Promising news
Although the full extent of the injury is yet to be revealed, it will still be a relief for Moyes that the defender was not too concerned, and one would think Aguerd would not be so relaxed if there were a chance he could miss the quarter-final against Portugal.
Kurt Zouma is already unable to train at present due to a knee problem, according to insiders Claret & Hugh, so options at the back are already getting a bit sparse for the Hammers.
Not only that, but when Aguerd came into the team for a short stint prior to the World Cup, he impressed considerably, putting in a commanding display in the 3-0 triumph at FCSB, registering three clearances, the second-highest tally for a West Ham player, while also putting his body on the line with one blocked shot.
The good performances don’t stop there, however, with football writers lauding the enforcer as ‘heroic‘ for his work in stopping Spain from scoring in the World Cup round of 16, and he will be a huge boost for Moyes’ side upon the restart of the Premier League season.