West Ham’s midfield maestro Manuel Lanzini could be out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury.
The on-loan Argentine was hurt in training before the 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Saturday, December 5.
Lanzini is on a season-long loan from Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira but the club is keen to sign him permanently based on his form which has seen him score four goals and one assist in his 12 league appearances. Liverpool are also keen to grab the 22-year-old.
He had a scan on Monday and has now begun the rehabilitation which should see him return in the New Year. He joins a roster of West Ham flair players in the hands of the medical staff.
On-loan winger Victor Moses came off with a hamstring injury during the Old Trafford tie. Dimitri Payet is out until February, Enner Valencia is out for another three to four weeks and Diafra Sakho is out for three to four months.
Manager Slaven Bilic said: “It is painful to be without Dimi Payet , Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and now Victor Moses.
“It’s almost impossible to replace them. But we replaced them on Saturday and [the point against Manchester Utd] was well deserved. As it was done without those players, it makes it even bigger.”
West Ham face a tough home tie against Stoke on Saturday (December 12, 3pm). The Potters are flying high after their 2-0 win against Manchester City with manager Mark Hughes looking to transform them into an exciting attacking unit since his first away match with the club – West Ham in August 2013.
The Irons are currently seventh and Stoke are 11th but only a single point separates the sides and the Potters are on form. West Ham are winless since the end of October while Stoke have won four out their last five matches .