Newly-signed West Ham United midfielder James Ward-Prowse has reportedly suffered an injury in training, according to journalist Sean Whetstone.
The former Southampton captain will undergo a scan after taking a knock – however, his injury ‘is not thought to be serious’, reports suggest.
On the injury, Sean Whetstone wrote [via West Ham Football on Twitter]: “James Ward Prowse is reported to have suffered a knock in training today, I am told he will have a scan tomorrow but it is not thought to be serious.”
Will James Ward-Prowse miss West Ham United’s next game?
It seems unlikely that Ward-Prowse will be out for a significant period of time – even if he is out of action for longer than the Hammers’ medical team may have initially thought, West Ham do not have a competitive fixture to play until September 16 (thanks to the international break).
As Ward-Prowse has been controversially left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, he can focus on his recovery and will not risk exacerbating his existing injury.
West Hams next game, which will take place in the Premier League, will be against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the London Stadium after the ongoing international break.
How has Ward-Prowse improved West Ham’s play?
Several audiences were somewhat pensive when the Irons signed James Ward-Prowse, as they were unclear as to where he would play. He isn’t the quickest, nor the most mobile of players – additionally, he is not particularly defensively responsible.
However, so far, he has made up for these deficiencies with excellent positioning and passing. His commanding presence in the middle of the park is very noticeable – and we do not even need to mention how dangerous he is from set-piece scenarios.
In the Premier League this season, Ward-Prowse has a single goal to his name, alongside a tally of three assists. Four goal contributions in three games is excellent – especially for a new signing, as he gels with the rest of the squad.
He looks like a fantastic signing for the Hammers so far and is showing his detractors that they were wrong to worry about how he would perform in a claret shirt.