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Coufal stroke of luck

Coufal luck for squad

West Ham United defender Vladimir Coufal has been surprisingly omitted from the Czech Republic squad for their upcoming friendlies against Norway and Armenia. While this might be a disappointment for Coufal, it could be a stroke of good luck for manager David Moyes.

Coufal luck for squad

Back in November, Coufal faced disciplinary action from the Czech national team for breaking internal rules by going out partying. He was sent home and expressed deep regret, acknowledging the impact on fans and teammates.

Following the resignation of Jaroslav Silhavy, newly appointed manager Ivan Hasek opted for a fresh start, leaving Coufal out of the current squad selection. Hasek emphasised the decision prioritises the team’s benefit and doesn’t permanently shut the door on Coufal’s future involvement.

This international snub becomes a potential advantage for West Ham. The Hammers currently lack a strong backup option for Coufal at right-back. With Coufal’s absence from international duty, he gets a valuable opportunity to rest and recuperate before a critical period for the club.

West Ham is fighting for a European spot in the Premier League and has a crucial Europa League quarter-final looming. Coufal’s extra rest and focus will be invaluable in navigating this demanding schedule.

While missing out on international selection might be a temporary setback for Coufal, it could be just what West Ham needs. With Coufal well-rested and prepared, the Hammers can approach their upcoming matches with greater confidence.

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