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West Ham dealt Nayef Aguerd injury blow

West Ham have potentially been dealt another injury blow ahead of the Premier League’s resumption later this month, with Nayef Aguerd forced off in Morocco’s World Cup triumph over Spain.

While the Hammers returned to action at Cambridge, their summer signing was in action in Qatar, and played a big part in the Atlas Lions securing their spot in the quarter-finals, where they will face Portugal on Saturday.

No country at the World Cup has conceded fewer than Morocco, with their one goal conceded actually scored by Aguerd in the 2-1 win over Canada, which emphasises just how impressive he has been in defence.

David Moyes will perhaps have secretly been wishing that the centre-back had been knocked out earlier so he could return to London fully fit ahead of the upcoming Christmas schedule, but he will surely be gutted after watching the £30m signing limp off in Tuesday’s penalty shootout win.

The 26-year-old left the pitch in tears holding his groin after around 80 minutes, which will have the Hammers seriously concerned about his ability to feature in their upcoming games, with a tricky game against table-toppers Arsenal to come on Boxing Day.

This blow represents incredibly bad news for the club’s Scottish boss. Considering Kurt Zouma is also currently sidelined after undergoing surgery on his knee, West Ham look as if they will once again be short of centre-back options, having been plagued by injuries in their defence throughout 2022.

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All eyes will be on Morocco’s quarter-final game on Saturday to see if Aguerd is fit to feature, as he will likely have scans this week to see if he is available, although, given the importance of the game, he will surely do everything he can to play.

This is also unlikely to benefit West Ham, as while the centre-back wouldn’t normally be risked after a potential muscle injury, this is the World Cup, the grandest of stages for any footballer. Indeed, he could make matters far worse by playing at the weekend.

The former Rennes star, who was dubbed “very good” by Moyes after his debut in a friendly against Reading, has already struggled with injury issues this season, making just one substitute appearance in the top flight, and it seems as if he will now be waiting even longer for his first start in the Premier League.