West Ham Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke has given a lengthy Hammers injury update ahead of the Hammers’ trip to Norwich at the weekend.
West Ham had to endure 120 minutes of mid-week FA Cup action in a 2-1 win over Liverpool but it came at a cost.
Winston Reid, Joey O`Brien and Cheikhou Kouyate all had to be substituted through injury and will all miss Saturday`s game with the Canaries.
Long term, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are close to returning but won`t travel to Carrow Road and James Tomkins has been ruled out for six weeks with a calf injury.
“Winston Reid and Joey O`Brien both picked up injuries to their left hamstring and will have a scan on Thursday,” Vandenbroucke told the club`s official site.
“Cheikhou Kouyate lost consciousness during a challenge with Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan. He came off the pitch with mild concussion and was taken to hospital to clear any further problems. He was cleared by a specialist and is fine now.
“The rules stipulate that when a player is concussed, they cannot have significant physical activity for the next six days so he will miss the weekend game against Norwich.
“James Tomkins injured his left calf during the game against Southampton last Saturday and will be out of action for the next six weeks.
“We have more positive news with the return of Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho from long-term injuries. Lanzini is only a few days away before re-joining the team.
“Sakho is not far behind him but he needs more work because he has been out for around ten weeks so he will have a period of extra fitness work under his belt.”
At the moment, Norwich can do with all the help they can get but I’m sure that West Ham will have reservists chomping at the bit to take the places of the walking wounded.
Fingers crossed this helps.