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West Ham defensive injury concerns worsen against Chelsea with Kurt Zouma and Ben Johnson limping

Ham’s defensive injury problems escalated in Saturday’s London derby against Chelsea.

The Hammers entered the clash at Stratford, missing key center-back Angelo Ogbonna, who is set to miss the remainder of the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage against Liverpool last month.

They were also still without Aaron Cresswell, who missed the frustrating midweek draw with Brighton after painfully colliding with the goal post in last weekend’s loss to Manchester City.

Arthur Masuaku replaced Johnson, while West Ham also looked likely to lose Kurt Zouma before the break after being injured while producing a vital slip challenge on Kai Havertz, who had to be replaced by Romelu Lukaku.

As Zouma recovered and came back in the second half, he was then pulled out just over 20 minutes from time after appearing to be suffering from a hamstring injury.

Zouma tried to dismiss the issue as he insisted on coming back against his former club, but there was never a realistic chance that would happen and Pablo Fornals was sent in his place.

David Moyes will undoubtedly be in a rush for updates on Johnson and Zouma in his post-match press conference, with West Ham left with third and fourth center-backs Craig Dawson and Issa Diop on the pitch for the phases. finals against Chelsea.

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