West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell reacts on Twitter to devastating injury blow

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Watford's Juan Paredes

The Hammers star faces a lengthy spell out of action.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy FerWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

Aaron Creswell has taken to Twitter to send a simple yet powerful message after news broke of his injury situation.

BBC Sport report that the 26-year old is facing up to four months on the sidelines after sustaining knee ligament damage in Saturday’s friendly against German club Karlsruher.

The news comes as a devastating blow to one of West Ham’s most consistent performers and he shared the following message this evening:

Cresswell will need all the support of his team-mates throughout this difficult period and Andy Carroll was quick to wish him well.

The Hammers were short in the full-back areas prior to Cresswell’s injury and now face something of a crisis ahead of the new season.

West Ham's Sam Byram and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in actionWest Ham's Sam Byram and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action

Sam Byram and Michail Antonio can both be deployed at right-back but there is no natural left-back option amongst the senior squad.

Slaven Bilic may turn to the academy to plug the gap but a return to the transfer market would seem the more sensible option.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Cresswell is a key figure but will likely be out until the New Year and the Hammers need a quality, first-team ready player available for the first half of the season.

Another approach could be a change in formation, with three at the back becoming an ever more utilised tactic in the modern game.

Whatever method Bilic adopts to solve this issue; it’s precisely what the Hammers didn’t need days before their first competitive fixture.

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