So far this season, Ogbonna has been in fine form over his 23 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side, scoring two goals, as well as making an average of 0.9 tackles, one interception and 4.4 clearances per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.72 – ranking him as the club’s 11th-best performer in the top flight.
However, the £4.5 million-rated 32-year-old has not featured in the league for the Hammers since the start of February due to an ankle injury, and, speaking on a recent episode of The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee discussed the latest regarding the fitness of the defender, stating that the former Juventus man has suffered a set back in his recovery.
He said: “Ogbonna has had a setback in his return. He’s out of his boot now and has started doing some running, but the original prognosis was four weeks – that’s been extended by pretty much double that now.
“Some people were bamboozled by the thought that his original diagnosis – which was before he’d had a scan – could then be so much different to what the actual outcome is. Unfortunately, Ogbonna seems to be a little bit further away but, hopefully, we’ll see him before the end of the season.”
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The news of Ogbonna’s extended spell on the sidelines is likely to be disheartening for West Ham fans, as the centre-back has played a crucial role in the heart of David Moyes’ defence so far this season, helping the club to be well in contention for a Champions League spot with just 11 games of their campaign remaining.
However, looking at the positive side of the news, the West Ham insider did suggest that Ogbonna could be back before the end of the season, which could prove a pivotal factor in whether or not the club can indeed go on and secure a top-four spot this season.