West Ham confirms Kurt Zouma suffered a serious hamstring injury against Chelsea
West Ham steps up search for new defender after Kurt Zouma suffered a serious hamstring injury in win over Chelsea … with David Moyes keen on Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car and Burnley’s James Tarkowski
- Kurt Zouma was sent off in West Ham’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday
- The London club have confirmed the defender suffered a hamstring tendon injury
- David Moyes has already lost Angelo Ogbonna for the season to injury
- Hammers plan to sign new defender in January window
West Ham have stepped up their search for a new center-back after confirming Kurt Zouma suffered a serious hamstring injury.
Zouma’s summer signing faces months of absence after scans confirmed he damaged a hamstring tendon in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Chelsea.
And with Zouma’s setback barely a month after Angelo Ogbonna suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury, West Ham’s need for reinforcements next month has increased further.
Kurt Zouma injured his hamstring tendon in West Ham v Chelsea clash
Manager David Moyes previously planned to tackle the defensive situation next summer.
But Ogbonna and Zouma’s injuries should push him forward with new investigations made this week as they weigh their options to strengthen their backline.
Moyes is a longtime admirer of Duje Caleta-Car from Marseille and James Tarkowski from Burnley.
Center-back now faces a long period of downtime as he recovers from the problem
Niklas Stark of Hertha Berlin also appeared as an option. Both Tarkowski and Stark are heading towards the final six months of their contracts.
Without first-choice pair Ogbonna and Zouma, Moyes has Craig Dawson and Issa Diop as his last fit center-backs.
West Ham have also confirmed that full-back Ben Johnson suffered a hamstring injury against Chelsea.