West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho picks up back injury on Senegal duty

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho is missing tonight’s match between Senegal and Botswana due to back pain.

West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho has ruled himself out of tonight’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Botswana.

The 24-year-old has taken to social networking site Twitter to reveal that he is suffering from a back pain and will not take part in tonight’s Group G clash at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar.

Sakho’s absence is unlikely to affect Senegal as they should still be able to win against Botswana.

Even if Alain Giresse’s side lose tonight, then they will still secure a place in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals as they have assured themselves of a top-two finish in Group G.

West Ham fans, though, will be concerned. It is not yet known how severe the injury is, but with Premier League action resuming this weekend it is certainly not good news for the Hammers.

Signed from Metz in the summer transfer window, Sakho has been a star for West Ham in the Premier League so far this season.

The striker has scored six goals and created as many chances in eight league appearances, while having a 56% pass accuracy and a 38% shot accuracy.

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