Angelo Ogbonna sends heartfelt Twitter message to Diafra Sakho

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The West Ham defender is awaiting the forward's return to fitness.

Diafra Sakho's injury blow has been felt throughout West Ham United. Can Andy Carroll cope as a lone ranger up front and can the east London side play effectively enough with the target man as their only outlet?

With Dimitri Payet also out, the impact is doubly significant for the Hammers.

That's why defender Angelo Ogbonna can't wait for 25-year-old Sakho to return from injury. Few at Upton Park can.

The centre-back sent Sakho a heartfelt message on Twitter to wish him the best of luck in his recovery. West Ham fans will no doubt share his sentiments.

Up next for Slaven Bilic's men is a trip to Manchester United. Many have joked that United will simply be the latest addition to the list of West Ham's victims on the road this season. But, in truth, the absences of Payet and Sakho would be enough to blunt the attack of any Premier League side.

The Irons travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United at 3pm on Saturday afternoon - can you envisage West Ham prevailing or will their recent downturn continue against Louis van Gaal's outfit?

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