West Ham Utd could be without their loanee Carl Jenkinson for the remainder of the season after a knee injury.

The former Charlton defender left the field early during the club’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday and looks likely to return to his parent club Arsenal for rehabilitation.

It may mean an early regular place for new signing Sam Byram who replaced Jenkinson who clashed with Sergio Aguero in the 13th minute of the game.

Jenkinson made a huge impact during his first loan spell at the club but has been less impactful this season.

Jack Sullivan, son of co-owner David Sullivan tweeted that Jenkinson’s knee injury “far more serious than we thought and he is out for the rest of the season”.

“Unfortunately, it appears that Carl has suffered a significant injury and he will be assessed by a specialist in central London on Wednesday,” West Ham said in a statement on their website .

The 23-year-old was due to see a specialist this week and could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, West Ham have joined the hunt along with other top Premier League clubs for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgian has scored 15 times in all competitions, raising his profile and piquing the interest of the Irons, Manchester Utd and Liverpool among others who could match a projected £25million price tag.