West Ham to hand Angelo Ogbonna new contract despite suffering ACL injury vs Liverpool

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Angelo Ogbonna will have his contract extended by West Ham until the end of the 2022-23 season despite suffering an ACL injury that could rule him out for the remainder of this season.

The extend of Ogbonna’s injury is yet to be confirmed with the Italian due to see a specialist this week to ascertain whether he requires surgery or if non-surgical treatment will suffice.

Should the defender require an operation then his recovery time is likely to be anywhere between six to nine months effectively ruling him out for the season and the remainder of his current contract.

However, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan confirmed to football.london that the club will take up the option to extend the defender’s contract for a further twelve months keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2022-23 season.

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The 33-year-old joined the Hammers in 2015 from Juventus and the club are set to stand by their man in a move that should be applauded for the swiftness of the decision. It is an act that is sure to be of great relief to the Italian who can now concentrate fully on his recovery without worry about his future.

football.london spoke to Dr, Rajbal Brar, an expert in physical therapy, movement and sports science, for his opinion on the timeline of recovery for an ACL injury.

“If it’s non-surgical, it’s likely either a grade 1 (mild) or grade 2 (moderate tear, this is rarest). The former is around 2-4 weeks and the latter is 6-8 weeks,” he said.

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“However, if surgery is required (high grade 2 or grade 3), then typically 7-9 months.”

Dr Brar added: “The player’s age is a consideration because of the increased wear and tear but further anytime you miss time, you develop fitness deficits. That can impact older players more so. As for his previous [serious] knee injury – considering it was four years ago and he hasn’t had many other issues with it, I wouldn’t factor that in too much.”

Source by Football London

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