(Reuters) – West Ham United midfielder Tomas Soucek will be available for Thursday’s Europa League match at home to Belgian club Genk after undergoing plastic surgery on facial injuries, manager David Moyes said.
Soucek was substituted in the second half of last weekend’s 1-0 Premier League at Everton after the Czech international was accidentally struck in the face by the boot of forward Salomon Rondon.
The incident left Soucek with several cuts on his face.
“Tomas wants to play,” Moyes said on Wednesday. “He’s had his lip sutured – he got it done by a plastic surgeon yesterday (Tuesday) again because it was stitched up after the game and it’s been redone.
“He’s had a couple of stitches in between his nose and his eyebrows… I think he’s fine.
“There’s just a decision whether we decide to rest him or just give him a chance for a breather really, but I don’t think his injuries would be any reason not to play him.”
West Ham are top of Group H in the Europa League with two wins from two matches.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)