West Ham fear Kurt Zouma will miss REST OF SEASON with ankle injury


East Ham fears Kurt Zouma will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he suffered against Brentford on Sunday.

The Hammers have been dealt a blow after Zouma was left out of the crucial Europa League quarter-final second leg against Lyon. And there are fears the defender could be sidelined until the summer.

Zouma, who has established himself as a key figure at West Ham since his £30m move from Chelsea last summer, will undergo further testing to find out the full extent of the problem.

But early predictions are not good and West Ham fear the French centre-back could be left out of their pursuit of European glory.

Losing Zouma for the run-in would present a significant headache for David Moyes, who is already without Angelo Ogbonna as he recovers from a serious knee injury.

Kurt Zouma injured his ankle in West Ham’s 2-0 loss to London rivals Brentford

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As well as their shot at the Europa League, West Ham remain in a race for a top-six place in the Premier League as they try to establish themselves as a consistent European presence.

Zouma’s injury means West Ham face a critical period in their season with a second-choice defensive duo of Craig Dawson and Issa Diop.

Dawson has been a constant presence since Ogbonna’s injury in November and excelled against Lyon in the first leg last week.

But question marks remain over Diop, who was responsible for Brentford’s opener on Sunday after replacing Zouma in the 2-0 loss.

West Ham are also without left-back Aaron Cresswell at Lyon following his controversial red card in the first leg at the London Stadium, which ended 1-1.

Ben Johnson is set to replace left-back in the second leg after Vladimir Coufal returned from hernia surgery, although Moyes considered dropping Declan Rice in defense as he has been short this season.

In a statement on Tuesday, West Ham said: “Kurt Zouma will miss Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg against Olympique Lyonnais.

“The French international defender is due to remain in London for further tests and examinations into the ankle injury he suffered during Sunday’s Premier League game at Brentford.

“Everyone at West Ham wishes Kurt a speedy recovery.”

West Ham went five games without a win in all competitions after losing Zouma to a hamstring injury in December.

Moyes wanted to sign a centre-back in January but a move for Duje Caleta-Car from Marseille fell through and a centre-half remains a priority this summer, with Lille’s Sven Botman tracked.

West Ham face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Brentford.

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