Ogbonna injury: West Ham's worst fears realised

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 9th November 2021

Angelo Ogbonna could miss the rest of the 2021/22 season after it was revealed he sustained cruciate ligament damage in Sunday's 3-2 win against Liverpool.

The former Italian international received treatment on the pitch for some considerable time before eventually being replaced by Craig Dawson following a separate incident in which he was elbowed by Liverpool's Diogo Jota.

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And the veteran defender's worst fears have been realised after it was confirmed he has sustained the serious knee injury - the type that would frequently end careers before advancements in medical technology.

The club's Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: “After being substituted following a separate incident that led to him suffering a cut above his eye, Angelo felt some discomfort in his right knee so we scanned him to ascertain the extent of the injury.

“That scan has shown up some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament and we have begun his rehabilitation immediately. Angelo will see another specialist this week and we will then have a clearer picture around his timeline of recovery.”

As revealed on the KUMB forum on Monday, the club fear Ogbonna's injury could keep him sidelined for the rest of the season - although, as stated by Collinge, much depends upon whether surgery is required to aid the central defender's recovery.

The 33-year-old's place is set to be taken by Sunday's replacement Dawson, while David Moyes will look to return to the transfer market in January in order to source a long term replacement.

West Ham continue to remain linked with a move for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who snubbed a move to London last summer in favour of signing an extended contract with the Serie A club.

Naturally everyone at KUMB wishes Angelo a speedy recovery.

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