The Ivory Coast international, who joined from Burnley during the summer transfer window, was making his first start of the Premier League season at the London Stadium on Saturday.
However, he would last just 34 minutes before being replaced by Pablo Fornals, with a calf injury meaning that the winger could not continue.
David Moyes provided an update on the 26-year-old, saying:
“He felt his calf, so that was it. I’ve not had the chance to speak to the medical team yet, I’m not saying it’s a calf strain but it looks like something to do with his calf.”
Another update was then provided on the player’s fitness by club insiders Claret & Hugh on Sunday, who revealed the following: “A key source at the club told ClaretandHugh that the medical staff hadn’t diagnosed the problem at this stage and that the player would be off for a scan [on Monday].”
While the Irons sweat over the seriousness of Cornet’s injury, it is undoubtedly a blow that he has injured himself ahead of an extremely busy pre-World Cup schedule with Moyes likely worried about not just the player’s fitness, but his squad depth at such a crucial time.
Indeed, the winger showed with his performances in a relegated Burnley side last season that he can be a real threat in the Premier League and considering West Ham’s disappointing start to the new campaign, Moyes would like to have counted on him during their upcoming fixtures, with the Hammers facing another eight games this month alone.
With rotation key, Cornet will have been an important part of that and he may still should the scans come back encouragingly. If they do not, however, the Scotsman will be cursing his luck.
Cornet scored nine goals in 26 top-flight appearances for Burnley before his move to the London Stadium and given that only Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio would hit double figures last season, the Ivorian looked likely to be a big player for Moyes in 2022/23.
Kolo Toure was full of praise for him last term, backing up that probable importance, saying:
“He has been terrific. Unbelievable. I saw him, he scored a great goal against us (Leicester City). Technically, he is a very good player.”
However, he has found first-team chances hard to come by thus far, with just four substitute appearances before Saturday’s inclusion from the off – although he was wrongfully denied an equaliser in the defeat at Chelsea.
After the morale-boosting win over Wolves, Moyes will have been desperate to keep his squad together to try and build some momentum, so to lose yet another player to injury is undoubtedly a blow.
Hopefully, for the Hammers’ sake, Cornet’s injury is a minor one and he is fit to face Anderlecht in the Conference League on Thursday night.