Angelo Ogbonna suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during West Ham’s 3-2 triumph over Liverpool on Sunday.

Ogbonna was taken off midway through the first half after sustaining a head injury that need stitches, but he had also sustained a leg injury earlier in the game.

Despite the fact that Ogbonna was substituted to allow the club’s medical team to treat the cut above his eye, West Ham said in a statement that the Italian realized he had a problem with his right knee, and a scan found substantial damage.

“After being substituted following a separate incident that led to him suffering a cut above his eye, Angelo felt some discomfort in his right knee so we scanned him to ascertain the extent of the injury,” West Ham’s Head of Medical Richard Collinge said.

“That scan has shown up some damage to the anterior cruciate ligament and we have begun his rehabilitation immediately. Angelo will see another specialist this week and we will then have a clearer picture around his timeline of recovery.”

West Ham will be praying that Ogbonna’s injury does not necessitate surgery, as such injuries normally have a lengthy recovery period. If he does need surgery, the 33-year-old would most likely be out for at least nine months.

It’s a huge setback for David Moyes’ Hammers, who had had a fantastic start to the season. They are currently third in the Premier League table following Sunday’s triumph against Liverpool, which was the club’s seventh win in its first 11 games, and they have also made impressive progress in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

With ten points from a possible 12, West Ham leads a European group that includes Dinamo Zagreb, Genk, and Rapid Wien, and they have a cup quarter-final game with fierce rivals Tottenham.


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