Nayef Aguerd will undergo a scan on his groin injury on Wednesday (7 December) after the West Ham ace hobbled off at the World Cup.
The Moroccan star played 84 minutes for his national side before having to come off where he watched his teammates hold their nerve and beat Spain in a penalty shootout.
The Hammers were also playing on Tuesday (6 December) as they beat Cambridge United in Greg Taylor’s testimonial game and Mark Warburton has already heard from the 26-year-old.
“Nayef has made contact with us already and fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it looked,” First-team coach Warburton said, as quoted by The Athletic.
“We saw he reached for his groin but he’s quite happy tonight so hopefully he’ll have it assessed and have a scan in the morning and, fingers crossed, it’s not too bad.”
It seems to be a recurring theme at the London Stadium when a transfer window comes around but another central defender may well be high on David Moyes’ shopping list in the post-Christmas sales.
He already has Kurt Zouma out of action for an undetermined period of time with a knee problem and Craig Dawson could well choose to leave in order to move closer to his family in the Midlands.
That leaves Thilo Kehrer, who has been deputising at right-back this season, and Angelo Ogbonna should Aguerd’s injury be another severe one as he suffered in pre-season against Rangers.
West Ham cannot expect to get anywhere in the Premier League if that is the choice of central defenders Moyes has on hand so a quick move in January may be necessary.
The Irons also need more firepower up front with a lack of goals proving very detrimental so far this season but having spent £150million in the summer, cash could be low on stock.