West Ham have confirmed that Italian centre-back Angelo Ogbonna sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
The centre-back appeared to get his studs caught in the turf in the 18th minute of the encounter before receiving lengthy on-field treatment. The defender looked set to be replaced immediately but believed he was okay to continue and played on for a further four minutes.
Following a clash with Diogo Jota that saw him require stitches to a cut above his eye Ogboona was replaced by Craig Dawson in the 22nd minute. Following a scan on Monday West Ham confirmed that the damage was worse than first feared and Obgonna has suffered damage to the ACL in his right-knee.
Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: “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.
“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.”
The worst case scenario for Ogbonna and West Ham is the 33-year-old requires surgery on his ACL and this could see him out for as long as nine months.
A full tear would require surgery, however, if it is only a minor tear Ogbonna could be fortunate and face non-surgical treatment. Recovery time varies on the severity of the injury but a rehabilitation time of at least three months is to be expected.
David Moyes has two reliable options to replace Ogbonna at the heart of his defence with Craig Dawson stepping in on Sunday and Issa Diop also in fine form this season.
West Ham have had a settled team this season with the manager making just four changes to his starting XI across 11 Premier League matches. Ogbonna was an ever-present for the league side until his 22nd-minute substitution against Liverpool and despite the squad depth in defence is bound to be a huge loss for the Hammers.