West Ham injury curse deepens as medical chief breaks bone in fall

West Ham United's injury curse deepened this week after the club's medical chief broke his collarbone falling from his bike on his way to training.

Injuries have once again put a dent in the Hammers' hopes this season with Sam Allardyce often shorn of five or six key first team players.

The likes of Winston Reid, Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and James Tomkins have all spent extended spells in the treatment room, with Reid, Tomkins, Carroll and Sakho all currently out of the first team picture through injury.

In fact the Hammers have an unfortunate history of serious injuries to key players over the last decade, leading some fans to wonder whether the club is cursed.

And just when Hammers fans thought it couldn't get any worse, the man responsible for their rehabilitation, Stijn Vandenbroucke, has broken his collarbone falling from his bicycle on his journey into the club's Chadwell Heath training ground.

Vandenbroucke, the club's head of medical and sports science, told West Ham's official website how he had to be rushed to hospital following the nasty fall.

He said: "I was cycling to the training ground from my home in East London when I was forced to take evasive action. I came off my bike and crashed quite heavily and suffered a broken collarbone.

"I was taken to hospital and underwent emergency surgery by the doctor who operated on James Tomkins’ dislocated shoulder recently, so I knew I was in good hands."

On hearing the news a West Ham fan sent Vandenbroucke a symathetic message on Twitter which he clearly appreciated.

In another bizarre twist, the ambulance that took Vandenbroucke to hospital was manned by none other than the pitch rescue team who work at the Boleyn Ground on match-days.

Vandenbroucke, who was keeping in good spirits, added: "So it is a small world sometimes, as they say!"

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