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West Ham’s defender disaster has deepened after the club confirmed that Kurt Zouma will be out of action for an extended length of time with a hamstring tendon injury.

The centre back was forced off during the conflict with his old club Chelsea on Saturday.

The 27-year-old pulled up when chasing back Romelu Lukaku in the second 1/2 and was in clear agony as the Hammers’ medical staff tended to him.

The membership posted a Tweet on Tuesday morning confirming the extent of the injury.

‘We can confirm that Kurt Zouma sustained a hamstring tendon injury during Saturday’s win over Chelsea,’ the club wrote.

They additionally confirmed that Ben Johnson had suffered a hamstring strain in the same match.

It is a massive blow to David Moyes, who has already misplaced Angelo Ogbonna for the rest of the season through injury.

It makes the need for defensive reinforcements all the greater pressing this January, with Craig Dawson and Issa Diop now the only fit recognised centre backs.

Declan Rice used to be forced to drop back from midfield to fill in the hole left by Zouma’s absence throughout the 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

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