West Ham co-chairman David Gold shares fitness updates on James Tomkins and Diafra Sakho

David Gold

Tomkins will be out for a bit longer than first thought, whilst Sakho is nearing a return.

West Ham United have had to battle with a string of injuries this season. The likes of Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have all battled niggling problems whilst Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini also spent spells out of the team after becoming crocked.

Now they have something of a problem at right-back. Joey O'Brien has picked up another injury whilst Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson's season looks to be over. New signing Sam Byram is the likely replacement, however James Tomkins has done a good job when asked to play there this season.

The academy graduate has however suffered a groin injury this month and despite initial hopes of a quick turnaround in his recovery it looks like he faces another three or four weeks on the sidelines.

That is according to West Ham co-chairman David Gold.

He tweeted this update on his official account earlier today - suggesting the timescale for Tomkins' recovery:

If it is the maximum four weeks than Tomkins will miss games against Spurs, Everton, Chelsea and the FA Cup clash with Manchester United.

He also updated fans on the fitness of striker Diafra Sakho:

The Senegalese striker has been out of action since November after thigh surgery. His return will certainly be welcomed by West Ham fans.

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