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Diafra Sakho unlikely to play again this season

Diafra Sakho Credit: PA

It appears it's unlikely West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho will play again this season.

The Senegal international has been out of action after he suffered a back injury in November.

The 27-year-old is back in light training but medics say he will need time to build up his fitness.

We must be mindful that Diaf is essentially at the start of his own personal pre-season training schedule.

When players return from their off-season, they will go through four to five weeks of pre-season work to build up their strength and fitness and, after undergoing back surgery and three months of rehab, a player needs time to reach sufficient fitness levels before we can contemplate making him available for selection in the Premier League.

– Head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke speaking to the club website

Obiang out for the season in triple West Ham injury woe

Pedro Obiang has been one of West Ham's top performers this season. Credit: PA

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang looks set to miss the rest of the season as the club reel from a triple injury blow.

The Spaniard rolled his ankle during Saturday's defeat to Leicester after Winston Reid was forced off with an adductor injury.

Winger Michail Antonio also suffered a hamstring problem which has forced him to withdraw from the England squad to face Germany and Lithuania.

Jack Sullivan, the son of joint-owner David Sullivan, announced the news on Twitter:


West Ham chairman apologises to fans for defeat

West Ham were beaten 3-2 at home by Leicester City Credit: PA

David Sullivan has apologised to West Ham's fans following the 3-2 defeat at home to Leicester.

The Hammers' joint-chairman gave manager Slaven Bilic a stark warning last week, following the 3-2 loss at Bournemouth, that they had to stop conceding early goals.

It seems the message did not get through, though, as they found themselves 2-0 down after just seven minutes.

Sullivan now admits West Ham's next three games are "vital" as they try to arrest their slide and took to the club's website to apologise to supporters.

I think all we can do after Saturday's defeat is say is 'sorry' to the supporters.

To be 2-0 down after seven minutes of any football match, be it in the Premier League or in your local Sunday League, makes it very difficult to get a positive result.

In parts of the second half we were very good. But, we need to be good before we are losing.

We have to find out why we are conceding so many goals and fix it because it is obviously harder to win games when you concede two or three goals in a game than if you keep a clean sheet.

The next few games now become vital for our season. We go to Hull City, then to Arsenal, before we welcome Swansea City to London Stadium.

– David Sullivan

Starting XIs: Bournemouth v West Ham


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