West Ham right-back Ryan Fredericks has been ruled out for three months with a shin injury.
The defender had to be taken off late into injury time against Huddersfield Town in the 1-1 draw before the international break.
Fredericks had only replaced captain Pablo Zabaleta on 73 minutes during the match at the John Smith’s Stadium but he will now be spending a lengthy period on the sidelines.
Since arriving from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer, the 26-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the first-team with the Hammers.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini has favoured veteran full-back Zabaleta ahead of Fredericks in the starting eleven, and prior to the match against the Terriers, he had spent six league matches as an unused substitute with his only game time coming in the Carabao Cup.
Fredericks will join the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez who out for lengthy periods of time.
West Ham do have some better news on the injury front, though, with both Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere expected to be back in first-team action in the next few weeks.