Vladimír Coufal was happy to come through the 90 minutes against Leeds unscathed when he made his appearance following a hamstring injury
There’s no doubt that both the Czech lads are as tough as it comes given they are players who can have blood pouring from their head and still walk it off as though it never happened. As a result it always comes as a bit of a shock when they pick up an injury.
The defender pulled his hamstring against Manchester City and was expected to be off until the Conference League final.
As usual though, he surprised everyone by playing the full 90 minutes against Leeds and said: ‘I’m not sure why [I got injured], because I’ve never had a problem with the muscle.
‘It came in a bad moment but I have to say I worked really hard with our physio team. It was very intense but it proved fruitful. I’m back now and I’m ready to fight again.’
Since Coufal has been injured Kehrer has done an excellent job at right back in his absence, so it will definitely be a fight for Coufal to make the West Ham starting XI in the Prague final , but it’s a battle for which he will certainly be up .
The Czech Republic international admitted that he ‘was really struggling with the Alkmaar game,’ confessing to being frustrated to the point of not being able to stay still.
‘I couldn’t just sit. I had to be doing the warm-up for 90 minutes and I felt more tired than if I had played!’
He added: “The the guys handled the game in a really good way and we’re in the final now!’
With West Ham going to his hometown of Prague, he will be hoping to help his side make history by winning their first trophy since 1980
A familiar place for him but, if all goes to plan, he’ll be coming away with an unfamiliar feeling. Moyes will be grateful to have Coufal back as we get closer to the final with an, almost, fully fit squad.