West Ham star offers impassioned defence of Diafra Sakho on Instagram

Cheikhou Kouyate has offered an explanation behind his Senegalese team-mate's injury situation.

West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has offered an impassioned defence of his team-mate at both club and international level Diafra Sakho on social media site Instagram.

Sakho has come under fire from the Senegal national side after pulling out of the African Cup of Nations with injury, only to turn out for West Ham against Bristol City in the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old came on for the Hammers with their cup tie level at 0-0 and scored the game's only goal to settle the fourth-round clash.

West Ham have defended their striker, despite reported calls from the Senegalese FA for Sakho to be banned.

And now Kouyate, a stellar performer in midfield for the Hammers this term, has taken to social media to also defend Sakho. Kouyate says the forward's injury prevents him from air travel, meaning he could not fly to Africa to take part in the international tournament.

The fact that he can now play, according to the midfielder, does not mean he is fit to travel, meaning the Senegalese forward's critics should reconsider their stance.

His full Instagram message reads:

"Ok we stop talking when you do not know the truth about the history of the injury Diafra Sakho! Please! because enough is enough! It was his dream to go to the can with Senegal but God decide otherwise, I was present when he was hurt! Diafra and I had to take the same plane to join the group but unfortunately he could not fly for six weeks! But could play in three weeks! The problem is that the injury he had does not support the aircraft for six weeks!!! Want more explanation, or you want to still keep talking? iamdiafrasakho big brother is coming soon insha allah I do not need t say Hahahaha be strong because I know you boy bandit doooryiiiii la. One love."

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