West Ham United manager David Moyes has provided an update regarding the fitness of Nayef Aguerd amid the Moroccan’s ongoing injury absence.
Speaking to Sky Sports following Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth, the Hammers boss revealed that it is unlikely that the summer signing will feature before the upcoming World Cup, despite him being set to play his part for his country in Qatar.
While the former Everton boss did not totally rule out an appearance from the 26-year-old in the coming weeks – having only recently suggested that the £30m defender would take to the field before club action is halted next month – it appears that the chances of the centre-back being involved in November are now slim.
It looks as if the wait will go on for both Moyes and West Ham supporters to see Aguerd in action, and this delayed start to life in English football for the 26-year-old is no doubt a huge source of frustration for all concerned.
This latest news comes at a seemingly awful time for the London Stadium outfit as the club are already facing a handful of defensive injury concerns, with former Watford brute Craig Dawson having only featured twice in the Premier League this season as a result of his recent complaints.
Fellow veteran Angelo Ogbonna has also been used sporadically, having only recently returned from an ACL issue which ruled the Italian gem out of the majority of last season, and it’s yet to be seen if the 34-year-old can return to his previous high standards.
With some lingering concerns also regarding fellow centre-back Kurt Zouma – amid talk of a potential degenerative knee issue impacting the Frenchman – it has left Moyes with a number of headaches during this hectic autumn fixture schedule.
Being able to bring Aguerd back into the fold would likely have come as a timely boost for the 59-year-old, although it now appears that it may not be until late December that the 6 foot 2 sensation is finally able to line up in a claret and blue jersey.