Nigeria international Victor Moses was forced to leave the field during Stoke City’s encounter with West Ham United in English Premier League action on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The Super Eagles player took a shot in the 41st minute, which went wide of the intended target, and in the move he appeared to hurt himself. A few minutes later he was substituted for Senegalese team-mate Mame Biram Diouf, as he could not continue.
Winger Moses is currently on loan at Stoke City from Chelsea, following another loan last season from the London club, which saw him representing Liverpool in the English top flight.
The Anfield side did not extend his loan or try to capture him on a permanent deal, and Liverpool’s loss has been Stoke’s gain, with the talented 24-year-old gaining confidence at the Potters, thanks to three goals and three assists, but the season has also been marred with injury, and although this particular knock is not likely to keep him out for more than a few weeks, it is another setback.
Speaking at the post match press conference, Stoke coach Mark Hughes addressed the Nigerian’s injury.
“It looks like Victor has pulled his hamstring,” Hughes revealed to the press. “It looks like it is in a strange position as it seems to be right behind his knee, which isn’t the normal position you usually get hamstring injuries.
“We will get it checked, it may be something that isn’t to do with the hamstring so it could be that we get good news but we can’t be sure yet. If it is a hamstring, then it could be that we lose him for a few weeks,” he added.
Moses is unlikely to be recalled to Chelsea at the end of the season, as coach Jose Mourinho brought in Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in January to solidify the midfield and give him further central options. So if the Nigerian does not secure a deal at Stoke, it is possible that Chelsea will send him on a third loan deal in three years.