Kouyate blow


sentoffkouyateCheik Kouyate is the latest Hammers injury victim having picked up a knock in training.

Talking after the 0-0 draw against Sturm Graz, Slaven Bilic said: “The only one problem we’ve had is with Cheikhou, who injured his knee in a very strange and awkward way during training, but apart from that I’m happy with everything.

“The boys are training hard, they are pushing really hard, the facilities are really good and it is a great place to be.”

The boss also revealed that Senegalese midfielder Cheikou Kouyate picked up a knee injury in training last week which is still being assessed but, overall, the trip is going completely to plan.”

Discussing last night’s game the boss said: ” It was a competitive game – Sturm Graz were a very lively team and they can play football. Of course they are at a different level, and we should have scored maybe five or six goals.

“But, to be fair, we are not scoring enough goals in training at the moment, so it was the same in the game, but running-wise it was a good session for us.

“It was a good opponent for this stage but if we are looking strictly at the game, we have to score goals.”

Slav wants an improvement but is focused on increasing fitness levels and is set to give each of his players another 45-minute session against Fulham on Thursday in Graz.

He said: “We planned this part of the pre-season in Austria completely based and focused on the training, so the two games here are a part of the training,” he said.

“On Thursday we have a better opponent in Fulham, but the approach is still the same and it fits around our training. In Germany, we are still going to train hard there but it is going to be based more on the games.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    A straight forward question , will carol , sakho , Reid , kouyate and Antonio feature preseason ?

    • JRS says:

      Think they said AC and Sahko will not. Antonio still and Reid in injury recovery. Antonio would be fine but they rushes him back in at Swansea and made 6 weeks into 12.
      And I hope Kouyate’s is just a knock nothing serious.
      I think they are scared AC will get Hurt and if we try and sell him or use him as off the bench. Not sure the reason. But Sahko has been a mystery around his issues. Think there Are other issues than just an injured back. And this season if he doesn’t play well some could kill his career

  • firefigterx says:

    I was watching the lads train at The Austrian training camp..spoke to Andy and he said he wasnt sure if her would be fit for the start??Reid was training with the crocks?? Never saw him with the others..Nor Antonio. though did see him Kicking about and he looked happy and enjoying himself??

  • Hammer64 says:

    Nice to see us building up an impressive pre season injury list. We have a reputation to maintain & it is good to see the lads making sure they hit the ground not running. I think that precious time on the treatment table in July stands you in good stead for the serious 6-8 week lay offs that you need mid season. Arnautovich getting injured before he even joins shows just how well he will fit in.

    Can’t wait to see us forging our way to the top of the Physioroom League Table yet again.

  • mooro66uk says:

    JRS you keep banging on about Ant being rushed back, when he himself says he was 100% fit to return or he wouldn’t have done. Hammer64, i’m so happy that you’re so happy re our injury probs.

  • Radai Lama says:

    Lol mooro,64 has been very positive recently but he relapses sometimes 😂

  • Hammer64 says:

    Sorry Mooro- laugh in the face of misfortune and all that. Force yourself to have a smile- it shouldn’t hurt too much. As it happens I don’t think we should be worrying about ‘injury problems’ in the middle of July. Give it another month at least…

  • mooro66uk says:

    Fair play 64, I love a laugh, as we all do. I just can,t for the life of me, find anything remotely funny about our players getting hurt. Perhaps it’s just me.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Humour is a personal thing Mooro. We might have to agree to disagree about it. Our injury record over the years has driven me berserk.

    I wonder what we might have achieved for example if Ashton & Carroll had both stayed just reasonably fit. I also think it is very sad when young men like these two achieve less in their careers than they might have done. But my comments weren’t directed at individuals- just a gentle jest in general at our history of injuries. I find that can be a better way of coping with it than tearing out what is left of my hair. Football is not even on my list of subjects that are too important to have a joke about,but as I say we are all different.

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