Moyes: Akrd could return to play for West Ham before the World Cup starts

LONDON: West Ham United manager David Moyes said Tuesday his Moroccan defender Nayef Akrd is preparing to return in field immediately after undergoing ankle surgery after suffering an injury in a friendly during the pre-season, and may participate in some matches before the start of the Cup. the scientist. The 26-year-old defender, who joined West Ham from Rennes for £ 30m ($ 33.90m), limped against Rangers last July. “It’s really good news that Nayef is coming back,” Moyes told reporters before the team headed to Liverpool. in Premier League Wednesday. We hired him to be a key player, so his injury in the preparatory period was difficult for us. “” He started training. He’s not fully integrated with the (other) players yet, but he’s getting closer to the game. will appear before the World Cup “. Akrd was one of Rennes’ top players last season and has participated in 40 games in all competitions, placing the team in fourth place in the French league and reaching the round of 16 in the European Conference League. Defender Akrd, who moved from Dijon to Rennes in 2020, has made 25 appearances for Morocco since his debut in 2016. Morocco begins its World Cup campaign on November 23, facing Croatia, then Belgium and Canada in Group F. Moyes couldn’t specify any time frame for Akrd’s return, but said he could play in European Conference League or with the Under 21 team before playing in Premier League. After losing the prime three English Premier League matches in this season, West Ham have recovered and jumped to 12th place (Reuters)