West Ham United‘s 2-1 win over Anderlecht on Thursday night was overshadowed barely by the harm suffered by Angelo Ogbonna which compelled the Italian off within the twenty second minute.
Ogbonna missed nearly all of final season as a result of a cruciate ligament harm and solely returned to motion this season, that includes in all however one in every of West Ham’s European video games this season.
These video games characterize a possibility for the Italian to re-build his match health forward of a possible return to Premier League motion however he now sadly appears to be like set for an additional spell on the sidelines after he was compelled off with a knee problem towards Anderlecht, which followers can be hoping isn’t a repeat of final season’s troubles.
The 34-year-old has been a mainstay for David Moyes within the Premier League in current seasons however one other knee harm at his age may nicely be the start of the top for Ogbonna, particularly with the summer season additions of Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer probably pushing him down the pecking order on the London Stadium.
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To make issues worse for Moyes, Ogbonna’s substitute Craig Dawson was additionally compelled off towards the Belgian facet on Thursday night time, which may depart the Scottish supervisor nicely brief at centre-back.
“He has been excellent. He’s a risk on each ends of the pitch. He has been a constant decide for Moyes.”
Forward of the sport towards Anderlecht, Moyes mentioned Ogbonna’s absence final season and emphasised how essential the Italian is in his squad.
He mentioned: “Angelo was in nice type taking part in alongside Kurt, and doubtless if we’re sincere, we have been possibly in our greatest type in that interval.
“It was possibly as soon as we misplaced Angelo that it began to dip a bit bit in sure methods. He gave us left-sided steadiness on the time and it simply didn’t really feel fairly nearly as good after.”
Subsequently, the Scottish supervisor will certainly be gutted that Ogbonna was compelled off once more on Thursday and can be hoping that it was only a minor knock reasonably than a repeat of final season’s troubles, as that will certainly be career-threatening for the 34-year-old.