Top of West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s Christmas present list is likely to be a full, fit first team – but that won’t happen until the New Year with the second player ruled out for a lengthy spell within a week.
New Zealander defender Winston Reid, who was on top form to keep out Manchester United on Saturday (December 5) is the latest on the list picking up a hamstring injury that will keep him out for four to six weeks.
He was injured during a training session on Wednesday (December 9) as the top 10 team prepare for a tough examination from red-hot Stoke on Saturday (December 12).
Earlier this week, Manuel Lanzini was ruled out for a number of weeks with a thigh injury and now the toll comes to six key players out for the busy festive schedules which include meetings with Southampton and Liverpool.
Alongside him in the treatment room are also Enner Valencia, Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho and Victor Moses, putting pressure on the rest of Bilic’s squad.
James Tomkins and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to start in central defence in Reid’s absence with Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson, at right back.
West Ham are without a win since October and have drawn three of their last five games.