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Franco out until February

Filed: Sunday, 10th January 2010
By: Staff Writer

Mexican international Guillermo Franco will be sidelined for around three to four weeks after sustaining a muscle injury.

The 33-year-old striker, who has been deputising for the injured Carlton Cole in recent weeks missed last weekend's FA Cup clash with Arsenal through suspension but had hoped to be back for today's aborted Premier League clash with Wolves.

Rumours suggesting that Franco had broken a leg in training spread like wildfire earlier in the week. But whilst they have proven to be wide of the mark, this latest injury leaves Gianfranco Zola with a major headache ahead of West Ham's next outing against Aston Villa.

With Franco like to be out until early February and Carlton Cole unlikely to be available until the following fixture at Portsmouth, Zola will have the option of going with young guns Frank Nouble or Freddie Sears, recently returned from a shortened loan spell at Crystal Palace, when they travel to Villa Park.

Franco, who would have been unavailable for today's game with Wolves - meaning that manager Gianfranco Zola would have gone into the match with no recognised first team striker, as was the case for the 2-1 defeat against Arsenal - has been in fine form of late, and has scored three times thus far this season.

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by paddytheflea
05:35PM 10th Jan 2010
''I believe Franco's injury was the main reason for postponing the game against Wolves. Not the weather. ''

by g portugal
12:41PM 10th Jan 2010
''This points further to why selling Cole would be a very foolish move. And it also points to why West Ham should not waste time in trying to get either Beattie or McCarthy on loan, or even Kitson, or buying one of these three if it can be done at the right price.

Whatever it costs to bolster striking options is surely worth not losing tens of millions of pounds by getting relegated due to a lack of goal scoring options.''

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