Speaking to the official Hammers website, head of medical Stijn Vandenbroucke has updated fans on the fitness levels of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, who both suffered injuries in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
Sakho was taken off in the 59th minute of that tie with Stoke, and his loss was heavily felt. He was the only real attacking outlet, and for much of the season has carried Sam Allardyce’s men in the goalscoring department.
Any lengthy injury to the Senegalese forward would not go down well in the Irons camp, and Vandenbroucke’s admission has laid out a lengthy absence for Sakho - potentially until the end of the season.
He said: “After undergoing a scan on Monday, Sakho has been diagnosed with a thigh strain and will now commence rehabilitation with a view to returning to action before the end of the season.”
His strike partner Valencia has been less effective this term, but has still chipped in with a vital contribution in various games this season. He has only just recovered from a toe injury which kept him out for a number of weeks, and the injury he suffered against Stoke once again was on his foot.
Vandenbroucke has not ruled out the Ecuadorian playing for the Hammers this coming weekend, although there has been no confirmation that he is yet fit enough.
“Valencia sustained a foot injury when he was accidentally trodden on by a Stoke player,” the physio added. “He also underwent a scan on Monday and will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.”
With Sakho out, and Valencia potentially missing, Allardyce may only have Carlton Cole to call upon this weekend.