Andy Carroll may have played his last game for West Ham after yet another injury setback.
The former England striker has been missing from the Hammers squad for the last two matches, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has now revealed Carroll has an ankle problem.
Carroll, 30, will be out of contract in the summer and, having started only three Premier League games all season, he is not expected to be offered a new one.
Pellegrini was unable to put a timescale on Carroll's return but his past injury record has raised fears that he will not appear again this term.
"Andy Carroll has an ankle problem," said Pellegrini. "How serious we don't know, I cannot tell you.
"We need to wait for some medical examinations and after that we will know."
Carroll joined West Ham from Liverpool in 2012, initially on loan before agreeing a £15million permanent switch on a six-year contract.
In that time he has started only 84 Premier League matches out of a possible 266 due to a catalogue of injuries.
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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has announced he has decided to submit a written request to Fifa for the transfer of his international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England.
The 20-year-old was born in London but qualified for the Republic of Ireland via paternal grandparents and after playing at youth level went on to make three senior appearances, all in friendly matches.
However, after breaking into the West Ham first team and becoming a regular in Manuel Pellegrini's side this season, Rice has chosen to switch his allegiance to England.
Rice said in a lengthy statement posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday: "This afternoon I telephoned both Mick McCarthy and Gareth Southgate to inform them of my decision to submit a written request to Fifa for the transfer of my international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England.
"This has been an extremely difficult decision and, in all honesty, not one I ever expected to be making at this stage of my career. So much has happened, so quickly, in the past couple of years."
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has called for any fan responsible for abuse directed at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to be swiftly punished.
Egypt international Salah was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner during Monday night's Premier League draw.
The video clip contains audible expletives directed at the player, including comments against his Muslim religion.
West Ham have promised to find those responsible and ban them from the London Stadium, and Pellegrini backed the club's stance.
"Of course I think that cannot happen in the stadium," said Pellegrini. "The best way to manage those things out of the game is to remove them from the great spectacle that is the Premier League.
"We must have high standards and when this happen, you must take action. The club knows how to work and says it cannot accept these kind of things in the game.
"It was a very good game and everybody was enjoying the game, so these people must be punished as soon as we can."
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Manuel Pellegrini wants to get West Ham's season back on course while at the same time doing his old club a favour.
West Ham host leaders Liverpool on Monday night desperate for a decent performance after three straight defeats.
Manchester City will be watching events at the London Stadium closely as they attempt to chase down the Reds, just as they did under Pellegrini in 2014 to claim the title.
"If we win I will be very happy for our club first, because we need a good performance against the leaders," said Hammers boss Pellegrini.
"After that if we can give a hand to Manchester City, it's not our problem, but of course I am a fan of Manchester City also."
However, Pellegrini feels Liverpool's exit from both domestic cups will still give them an edge in the title race even if they come unstuck in east London.
The Chilean insists Tottenham - knocked out of both cups last week - also cannot be discounted.
"It's more easy for the team that is involved in just two competitions compared to the team that is involved in four," he added.
"Tottenham? You should never think that a team four or five points behind you are not involved in the title. Of course they are.
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