West Ham have received a huge boost as David Moyes revealed an injury update which will be sure to please the club’s supporters.
Moyes is optimistic that Issa Diop will return before the end of the season as the Hammers approach some crunch fixtures in their hunt for Europa League glory and the quest to secure a possible top-six spot in the Premier League.
Diop missed the recent matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea due to an ankle injury, with West Ham losing both in what could be damaging defeats for their respective aspirations in the season’s run-in.
Moyes will want to have him back as soon as possible, with the Scot stating prior to today’s clash against Arsenal: “Issa is making a really good recovery and there’s always an outside chance he’ll be back before the end of the season.”
Diop has a seasonal rating of 6.69 on SofaScore, and despite him just playing 13 Premier League matches, West Ham have only lost three games this year while the Frenchman has featured. Also, figures from WhoScored highlight his no-nonsense defensive nature, with his match average of 3.2 clearances the third-highest in Moyes’ squad.
At 25 years of age, he has the potential to be part of the furniture at the London Stadium for a few years yet. With Angelo Ogbonna out until next season with a serious injury, Kurt Zouma also encountering injury problems and Craig Dawson the wrong side of 30, there appears to be an opportunity for Diop to establish himself for the Irons in the long-term.
Moyes might always be seeking to improve the West Ham squad, but he has no excuse not to make use of the Frenchman whenever he can for the rest of the season, particularly with such a sparsity of options at centre-back.
This injury update will be good news for supporters who ideally will want to see a clean bill of health, and hopefully Diop can play some part in the last few matches of the season.