West Ham’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley yesterday was compounded by injuries to two key players, with both captain Mark Noble and playmaker Manuel Lanzini being taken off injured.
Noble was substituted after just 20 minutes at Turf Moor with a suspected ankle injury, and he will have a scan on the problem before an estimate is made on his return to action.
Lanzini’s injury was a lot worse. The Argentinian fell awkwardly on his shoulder in the closing stages of the loss yesterday. He was given oxygen and was stretchered off the pitch.
The midfielder has reportedly suffered a broken collarbone, and he will have surgery tomorrow. The estimated recovery time is two months so he won’t be back before the New Year.
Lukasz Fabianski will likely return from a hip injury during the same timeframe. Following Roberto’s abject display against Burnley, the Polish international’s absence is being keenly felt.
Michail Antonio (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (groin) are expected to return after the international break, with Winston Reid still building up his fitness with the Under 23s.