Kurt Zouma faces months out with injury as West Ham focus on January signings

West Ham United have suffered a major blow to their hopes of securing Champions League football this season after news emerged confirming a mid to long-term injury to Kurt Zouma.

The defender suffered hamstring tendon damage in the 3-2 win at home against Chelsea on Saturday before having to be replaced by Arthur Masuaku.

Zouma, 27, has been a revelation at the back for David Moyes’ side since his £30million move to the east Londoners in the summer.

But Moyes would undoubtedly have been left gutted when the centre-back limped off during the victory over his former club, where he won a Champions League title last season.

West Ham confirmed the injury in a statement on Tuesday morning, saying: "A scan on Monday revealed the damage and the 27-year-old French international defender has already started his recovery programme at Rush Green under the supervision of the medical team."

While there is no time-scale on the injury, the Frenchman is expected to miss several months of action.

It comes less than a month after the Hammers’ other starting central defender, Angelo Ogbonna, suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury in a win over Liverpool.

That leaves Moyes with just two central defenders in Craig Dawson and Issa Diop available as he looks to keep up his side’s brilliant performances this season.

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The fourth-placed Hammers are reported by the Evening Standard to be looking to sign several defenders in the January transfer window in a bid to secure a top-four finish.

Among those are believed to be Burnley’s James Tarkowski and a loan move for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.

Both have an abundance of Premier League experience and would add some much-needed depth in the coming months.

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