Journalist Dean Jones has said that the injury to Maxwel Cornet is “such a shame” for the West Ham United player.
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He believes that the 26-year-old’s absence will serve as a big blow to the Hammers and immediately puts the Ivory Coast international at a disadvantage in his bid to become a regular presence in David Moyes’ line-up.
Speaking to Football Transfer Tavern, Jones said: “However bad the problem is, I think it was his calf, however bad that is, it’s going to hold him back. So, they’ve got to hope it’s not too serious. It’s such a shame for him.”
A big blow
Cornet’s injury blow against Wolves is a real shame for both him and West Ham, as he was struck down just 34 minutes into his full Premier League debut for the Irons.
The challenge from Daniel Podence resulted in a calf injury for the former Lyon man, with Moyes remaining coy over the situation when prompted by the media immediately after the match last Saturday.
The 59-year-old said: “He felt his calf, so that was it. I’ve not had the chance to speak to the medical team yet, I’m not saying it’s a calf strain, but it looks like something to do with his calf.”
It’s easy to forget just how impressive Cornet was at Ligue 1 side Lyon, with his move to Burnley in the summer of 2021 coming as quite a shock to those who had heard of his potential over in France.
Nearly four years ago, the Ivorian became the first player to score three goals against Manchester City in the Champions League since Lionel Messi managed it in the 2016/17 season.
The £44k-per-week star performed brilliantly for Burnley last season, scoring nine goals and setting up one in a season which saw him alternate between a multitude of roles along the left flank and also at centre-forward.
At 26, the Ivory Coast international still has a lot more to give, but this latest setback will come as a worry to him as he endures something of a false start to his time at West Ham.