West Ham United could be in line for a potential injury boost, following an update regarding the fitness of summer signing, Nayef Aguerd.
According to club insider ExWHUemployee, via West Ham Way, the 26-year-old is now back in training as he steps up his recovery from the ankle injury sustained during pre-season, following his £30m arrival from Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais back in June.
Asked for an update on the fitness of the Moroccan, the trusted source stated: “He is back in training and working on his fitness at the moment which puts him slightly ahead of schedule now. It is thought he will soon move from the gym to the pitches and start to work on his match fitness.
“There is a chance now we could see him before the World Cup break and for Aguerd at worst he expects to be able to play for his country Morocco in the tournament in Qatar.”
That news will likely be a huge boost to Hammers boss David Moyes, with the centre-back seemingly on the right path to making his long-awaited competitive debut for the club, having thus far been absent in the early weeks of the season.
There had previously been suggestion that the 6 foot 2 menace could potentially be out until the New Year, although this latest update offers big hope as to Aguerd being able to feature before club action is halted by the start of the World Cup in mid-late November.
Having invested heavily in the 25-cap titan, the Irons will be desperate to see their new man take to the field in the near future, particularly amid the east Londoners’ current run of form that has seen them pick up just four points from their opening seven league games.
Bringing the £22.5m-rated man back into the fold could well help bolster a backline that has already shipped nine goals in the top-flight thus far this term, having also notably looked shaky in the narrow, 3-2 victory over Danish outfit Silkeborg in the Europa League, with Moyes ruing the “poor decisions” made in a defensive sense.
The former Rennes man has shown his class during his time in France in recent years, with his quality in the air having been evident of late, as he averages 3.66 aerial duels won per game in comparison to those in his position across Europe’s big five leagues, with that a far better record than the likes of Craig Dawson (2.95), Kurt Zouma (2.57) and Thilo Kehrer (1.33).
The addition of such an imposing presence could well be the seismic lift that the London Stadium outfit are seemingly craving, with Moyes likely counting down the days until Aguerd is properly back to full fitness.