The London Evening Standard claims David Moyes' chances of turning West Ham United's fortunes on their head could be about to become even harder as club-record signing Mark Arnautovic could be ruled out for weeks.
The 28-year-old suffered an injury to his hand in Sunday's 2-0 loss to Watford, in what was David Moyes' first match as manager of West Ham following the sacking of Slaven Bilic.
Austria international Arnautovic is to have a scan on the injury, but early indications suggest that the former Stoke City ace has suffered a broken thumb which could keep him on the sidelines for a number of weeks.
Arnautovic, who joined the Hammers for £23million in the summer, has struggled to reignite the kind of form that saw him become a fan favourite in Staffordshire during his time under Mark Hughes.
Making 10 appearances in all competitions, the versatile attacker has managed just two assists and is yet to score in claret and blue as the Hammers remain in the Premier League relegation zone.
Moyes is already missing Javier Hernandez through a hamstring injury, while Michail Antonio and Andre Ayew missed Sunday's clash but are expected to return next time out.
The east Londoners face 2015-16 Premier League champions Leicester City on Friday night, as Moyes takes charge of his first match at the London Stadium but is likely to be without Arnautovic.