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Lucas Paqueta survives injury scare as the 25-year-old provides update on his shoulder injury. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: West Ham United's Lucas Paqueta is forced off with an injury during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea FC at London Stadium on February 11, 2023 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Lucas Paqueta says he is “hoping to be back soon” after he was ruled out of contention for the next few weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury.

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Paqueta was substituted after just 14 minutes against Chelsea at the weekend, clutching his shoulder.(Getty Images)

The West Ham midfielder was kept out for several weeks with a collarbone injury before the World Cup break.

Speaking after the game, Moyes said: “Losing Paqueta was a blow but we don’t know the answer yet. “I don’t know, I haven’t asked the medical team, but obviously, it’s a shoulder injury. “I don’t know if he’s popped his shoulder or if it’s just the way he feels, I’ve not got the answer to that yet.”

Meanwhile, West Ham captain Declan Rice said: “Lucas, I think his shoulder popped out, to be fair. So, he was in agony.”

It came just as Paqueta was starting to find his feet in the West Ham team having struggled to adapt to English football.

The Brazilian international has taken to Instagram to provide fans with an update on his fitness.

“Passing by to thank everyone (for their) messages,” Paqueta said on Instagram.

“One more scare, the same shoulder as before just other ligaments, but at least (it wasn’t) the worst (case scenario) of the problems!

“Been feeling a lot less pain and I’m recovering well, hopefully be back soon.”

The responses from the likes of Paqueta’s best friend Bruno Guimaraes also bode well as they ‘thanked God’ for the positive news while others congratulated the West Ham man saying ‘thankfully it was just a scare’.

The average recovery time to return to sports from a dislocated shoulder which requires surgery is between 6-12 weeks.

If the shoulder can be popped in without surgery, the injury can be healed in a few weeks.

He will clearly miss the game against Spurs and likely the Nottingham Forest match too.

With an FA Cup match after that, one would think he may realistically be back for the Brighton match on March 4th given just how crucial every Premier League game is for West Ham for the rest of the season.



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