The Italian ex-Juventus stalwart went off injured during West Ham’s eventual FA Cup defeat with Manchester United last month, though it was suggested closer to the time that the Italian would miss only around four weeks of action.
“Ogbonna has had a setback in his return. He’s out of his protective boot now, the original prognosis was four weeks, but that’s been extended by pretty much double that.
Unfortunately he seems to be a little bit further away, but hopefully we’ll see him before the end of the season.”
The news will certainly increase the scrutiny on existing options such as Craig Dawson and Issa Diop.
Fortunately, both men have impressed in recent weeks and Dawson is even proving to be an unlikely offensive threat too.
Moyes will likely retain his trust in the Dawson-Diop partnership that spearheaded the robust West Ham defence against Leeds, keeping a clean sheet in the process.