Tomas Soucek: West Ham midfielder needed plastic surgery for facial injury against Everton | Football news
West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek needed plastic surgery following the horrific kick to the face he suffered against Everton.
Soucek was accidentally caught by the full force of Toffees forward Salomon Rondon’s crampons as they challenged the ball.
The Czech international was left with nasty cuts near his eye, nose and lip following the incident in West Ham’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
But Soucek has been patched up and is already back in training ahead of his side’s Europa League clash against Genk on Thursday night.
“Tomas is doing well,” West Ham manager David Moyes said. “He’s in a bit of pain. He’s got stitches on his lip, cheek, and nose. He’s fine.
“I don’t think his injuries would be a reason not to play him. It’s just a decision whether we decide to put him down or not. Tomas wants to play.
“He had his lip sewn up and had it done by a plastic surgeon because he had it done after the game. He also had stitches on his cheek and nose.
“He’s fine. I told him ‘look at my eyebrows. My eyebrows have been sewn in since my years as a center-half’, so he still has a few stitches before he gets to that level.”
Cuts and bruises aside, West Ham welcomes the Belgian team in great shape with two wins in two matches, leaving them at the top of Group H and favorites to reach the knockout stage.
“I really appreciate him. We’re a very happy club right now,” Moyes said.
“Everyone appreciates the league games and Europe and I have to say that I really appreciate the European experience.
“I want the players to go far. It would be great if we could be at the top of the group, but trying to make sure we are successful would be the main focus at the moment.”
Croatia striker Nikola Vlasic is online to play as he seeks his first goal since joining CSKA Moscow this summer.
The 24-year-old has only started once in the Premier League so far, but said: “I see it as an opportunity. When I came here I knew the players they had and I knew the competition would be tough.
“I trust the manager, of course. He brought me here, he knows what is best for me. He is aware of a period of adaptation, especially to a team that is together like this team. He is aware of a period of adaptation. knows best how well I will play. “