After arriving from Burnley in the last transfer window, the winger has been able to make a huge impact at his new club due to an ongoing fitness issue.
However, in an update now shared on The West Ham Way patreon, Ex has shared some positive news on the situation with Cornet’s return edging closer – although uncertainty still lingers over the player.
He explained: “We have received an update on the current injury status of winger Maxwel Cornet.
“We can confirm that the former Burnley player is due to resume physical on-grass training next week! A top source still pointed out however that “It’s a very unusual injury and we won’t know if he’s over it until he plays games.”
“The club are hoping that the series of injections that he has been having will have done their job and loosened his calf muscle.
The club have a decision to make whether they bring in a like-for-like replacement in case he doesn’t recover or trust that the player is over the worst of his injuries now. With under a week left of the transfer window the club will need to make the decision on a couple of training sessions. We will keep you updated.”
Cornet is yet to truly shine in a West Ham shirt – after just five Premier League appearances he has averaged a reasonable SoaScore rating of 6.58 per game – but with nine goals for Burnley last term, big things will be expected of him in the second half of the season if he can get himself truly fit.
Unfortunately, amid this reporting of such an “unusual injury” that feels like a big if. And with new transfer Danny Ings also set for a spell out injured, Moyes may push for a new attacking signing before the window January shuts.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Italy international and Roma wantaway Nicolo Zaniolo has been targetted by the Hammers this month and so perhaps he will come in regardless of Cornet’s fitness.