Scans have confirmed that the 27-year-old has suffered hamstring tendon damage, meaning a lengthy spell on the sidelines in a significant blow to West Ham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season.
The French defender has been a sensation since his £30million move from Chelsea over the summer limped off during Saturday’s dramatic win over his former club.
In a statement this morning, West Ham said: “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.”
The Hammers are refusing to put a timescale on the injury though there is a hope that the former Everton man will be involved again this season.
The France international was brought in off the back of winning the Champions League with Chelsea to add European experience to the squad as Moyes bids to break the top four and make a tilt at the Europa League title.
Zouma’s injury comes just under a month after fellow first choice centre-back, Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered during the win over Liverpool before the November international break.
Having started the season with four options in the middle of defence, David Moyes is now left with just Craig Dawson and Issa Diop and must look to the January transfer market to address the shortage.
The Scot is a long time fan of Burnley defender James Tarkowski while a loan move for Manchester City’s Nathan Ake is being considered. Moyes is keen to bring in a left-footed defender who can give balance to the back four.
West Ham also confirmed that full-back Ben Johnson had suffered a “low grade” hamstring injury during the defeat.