Nayef Aguerd made a late night call to West Ham to deliver an injury update and it is great news for him and the Hammers.
West Ham hearts were in mouths last night when Aguerd left the field injured and in tears during Morocco’s last 16 clash with Spain in Qatar.
David Moyes chased the £30m defender for two years before finally getting his man in the summer.
The Scot has barely been able to use him, though, after a cruel ankle injury on just his second performance for the club at Rangers in pre-season required surgery, ruling him out for two months.
The World Cup provided a great chance for Aguerd to get back up to full fitness ready for West Ham after the break.
And everyone has seen why Moyes chased the centre-back for so long off the back of his brilliant World Cup displays.
But Moyes and everyone connected with the club were seriously worried last night when Aguerd came off injured and in tears on around 80 minutes after a man of the match performance as Morocco beat Spain on penalties.
The Atlas Lions held Spain to a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes and have been unlucky not to have won it in normal time.
West Ham’s first signing of the summer stayed down hunched on the turf and was distressed.
A stretcher was brought on but Aguerd instead walked off slowly, gingerly and in tears while shaking his head.
The West Ham man was consoled by his teammates as he left the pitch clearly – and understandably – emotional.
It was of course a huge concern for the Hammers given the pressure is on for Moyes to turn the club’s season around and the fact Kurt Zouma is out after a knee op.
There has been a welcome update for the east Londoners overnight, though.
Because Aguerd made a late night call to West Ham to deliver an injury update and it is great news.
While Morocco were beating Spain, West Ham were playing a friendly against Cambridge last night.
And speaking after a 4-2 win, West Ham assistant coach Mark Warburton revealed Aguerd had been in contact to say the injury – to his groin – is not as bad as he had initially feared.
“Nayef has made contact with us already and fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it looked,” Warburton told whufc.com.
“We saw he reached for his groin but he’s quite happy tonight so hopefully he’ll have it assessed and have a scan in the morning and, fingers crossed, it’s not too bad.”
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