Filed: Saturday, 6th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
Injuries today to Dean Ashton and Henri Camara leaves Alan Curbishley shy of ELEVEN first team players.
With Camara hobbling off in the first half and Ashton sustaining a knee injury in today's 1-0 defeat at Villa Park the Hammers are short of an entire team of players - although some are expected to recover in time for United's next fixture against Sunderland in a fortnight's time.
Alan Curbishley bemoaned hs luck tonight when he said:
"Everybody knows the situation we're in - we've got a lot of injuries. We've copped another couple today so it is disappointing.
"You can see we are being stretched at the minute."
With the international break looming Curbishley can expect to regain the services of some, although the extensive injury list will still be causing major concern.
The players currently out of action - and their expected return dates - are as follows:
Anton Ferdinand (hamstring): The defender pulled his hamstring during the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal last weekend. He is expected to be back for the Sunderland game.
Nobby Solano (fitness): The transfer deadline signing is yet to feature for his new club due to a lack of fitness. Should be ready for consideration in time for the Sunderland game.
Calum Davenport (ankle): Centre-half Davenport has suffered several niggles since rejoining the Hammers in January, although is recovering well from his latest knock. Set to return within a fortnight.
Craig Bellamy (groin): The Welsh striker is expected back in action within a fortnight after undergoing a hernia op in Munich last week.
Bobby Zamora (knee): The striker underwent an operation to correct a knee problem at the end of September and is expected to be ready for selection again by the end of the month.
Scott Parker (knee): Midfield general Parker suffered a recurrence of the knee problem which had kept him out of United's opening games during last week's defeat against Arsenal - his league debut for the Hammers. Likely to be out until the end of October.
Henri Camara (hamstring): The third Hammer to suffer a tear in recent games, Camara is likely to miss the rest of October.
Dean Ashton (knee): Ashton is said to have suffered medial knee ligament damage which could keep him out until December, at worst - although a four-week lay-off is average for such injuries. Likely to miss the next two games against Sunderland and Portsmouth.
Nigel Quashie (ankle): Quashie, signed from West Brom in January has been out of action since last season with a problematic ankle. Whilst he is currently in recovery no date has been set for his return.
Julien Faubert (achilles): Just weeks after joining the Hammers in a £6.1m deal French international Faubert tore his achilles during a pre-season game in Austria. He is not expected to play until the new year.
Kieron Dyer (fracture): The £7m summer signing suffered a double fracture to his right leg in the 2-1 Carling Cup win at Bristol Rovers in August. Unlikely to be playing until early February.
Eight of the 11 injured players have been signed by Alan Curbishley since last January.
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03:07PM 7th Oct 2007
''One thing about the injuries... We look a lot better at the back without Anton. The Newcastle game was just horrid how they kept catching us flat footed. ''
by David Hautzig
02:39PM 7th Oct 2007
''I'm starting to think that playing for West Ham is like being the drummer in Spinal Tap ...''
by ed arthy
12:21PM 7th Oct 2007
''I love West Ham as much as the next supporter but surely the coaching staff are doing something wrong in terms of injury prevention to be this weighed down.
Despite our depth we are still short of quality players atm - Carlton Cole was very disappointing. Also, can Linda be added to that list as he was clutching his groin/abdomen towards the end of the game against Villa?''
by George Poynter
08:18PM 6th Oct 2007
''I cannot believe all these injuries. We need to use our youth team against Coventry ...''
06:49PM 6th Oct 2007
''More worrying is that it leaves Carlton Cole as our only fit striker!''