Issa Diop experienced thought tendon harm in 1-1 draw with Burnley
Craig Dawson is West Ham’s just fit community back as they target European greatness
Injury to Diop leaves David Moyes with choice migraine for Frankfurt conflict
West Ham play Frankfurt in first leg of Europa League semi-last on April 28
West Ham are confronting a protective emergency in their bid to win the Europa League after protector Issa Diop experienced a lower leg injury that could keep him out for the remainder of the time.
Diop could miss the following two months with tendon harm experienced in the Hammers’ 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, as indicated by The Guardian.
The Frenchman’s physical issue leaves West Ham supervisor David Moyes with only one fit place back as they get ready for their crunch Europa League semi-last with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Craig Dawson is the only available central defender as Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma are also sidelined.
Moyes, who is hoping to steer West Ham to their first victory in a European semi-final since 1976, could be forced to deploy Declan Rice at the heart of his defence against Bundesliga outfit Frankfurt.
Another solution could be moving Ben Johnson, who can play in both full-back positions, into the centre to partner Dawson.
Academy stars Jamal Baptiste or Aji Alese, who played in the Europa League group stage defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in December, could also be called into the senior squad to ease Moyes’ defensive woes.
Moyes may also consider a tactical switch to a back three to offset his problems at centre-back.
Ogbonna has been out of action with a knee injury since November, while West Ham fear Zouma – who missed the busy festive period with a hamstring problem – could be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign because of an ankle injury.
West Ham will be hoping Diop returns earlier than expected as they target European glory in the final weeks of the season.
The Hammers, who are seventh in the Premier League, host Frankfurt at the London Stadium in the first leg of the semi-final on April 28 before they travel to Germany for the return on May 5.
The Europa League final takes place in Seville on May 18.