Tomas Soucek suffered a brutal head injury during the Czech Republic’s 1-1 draw with Poland.
One thing that has consistently shocked West Ham fans since Soucek joined the club is his consistent resilience. The midfielder can get absolutely battered at times and on multiple occasions has had blood pouring from his head, yet it does not seem to faze him in the slightest. In fact some of his best form for the club has been with a bandage wrapped around his head.
Unfortunately, he was subject to yet another horrific head injury during Czechia’s Euro qualifier in Warsaw. Southampton’s Jan Bednarek studs followed through on Soucek’s face as he was trying to clear the ball away resulting in a severe wound to his head.
This led to the Hammer’s No.28 requiring a bandage around his head as well as leaving a nasty scar stretching from his hairline to his eyebrow.
However, despite this, he was able to complete the full 90 minutes and scored a crucial goal in the Czech’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. They still require a result against Moldova on Monday but they are in with a real chance of going through to the finals as it stands.
Given his history, it would be a real shock if Soucek is not available for West Ham’s game against Burnley next weekend. He really is an old school player in the modern day. Putting everything on the line for the badge is exactly why he is so loved by fans and many have joked about how West Ham will go up a level thanks to having “headband Soucek” back.
The Hammer’s went into the international break with a fully fit squad but, much to their dismay, Tomas is not the only one who has picked up an injury. Michail Antonio went off early on in Jamaica’s 2-1 defeat to Canada. It appears the striker has pulled his hamstring which has been a reoccurring problem throughout his time in claret and blue.
While the extent of Antonio’s injury remains to be seen, East Londoners can rest assured that Soucek will do everything possible to make sure he is on the pitch at Turf Moor on Saturday.
By Charlie Bass