The Athletic says West Ham will trigger a one-year extension clause in Ogbonna's contract if the ace is injured for the rest of the season.
Ogbonna, 33, faces a nervy wait after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury during Sunday's 3-2 win over Liverpool.
The veteran Italian will be sidelined for at least a few months.
But there are fears he could miss the rest of the campaign when further scans and test results come back.
However, if David Moyes' worst fears are realised, West Ham will not abandon Ogbonna in his hour of need.
Instead. the Hammers will apparently trigger a year-long extension clause in his contract - which is due to expire next summer.
That will give Ogbonna the necessary time and treatment to fight his way back to full fitness under the eyes of West Ham medics.
And Ogbonna will therefore get another shot to impress once he's back after becoming a key man this season.
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