Pellegrini reveals extent of Martin injury

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 15th December 2019

Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that David Martin sustained a muscle injury in the closing stages of yesterday's morale-boosting 1-0 win against Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.

The goalkeeper pulled up in the fifth minutes of added-on time at the end of the match as he attempted to take a goal kick, in a scene eerily reminiscent of that which led to Lukasz Fabianski being sidelined for several months a few miles away at Bournemouth earlier in the season.

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It was initially felt that third-choice 'keeper Martin - who was only playing as a result of Fabianski's injury and second-choice stopper Roberto's indifferent form - might've been time-wasting with West Ham holding a slender lead.

But Pellegrini revealed after the game that the 33-year-old will undergo an examination on Sunday before the club can confirm exactly how long they expect him to be out for.

"He has a muscle injury," confirmed Pellegrini, speaking in the wake of West Ham's important victory. "We will see tomorrow with the doctor how bad it is but we now have 12 days to recover.

"It is exactly the same injury as Lukasz Fabianski [sustained at Bournemouth]. I hope it's not quite as bad."

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The boss also revealed that he expects Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson - who missed Saturday's win through illness - to recover in time for West Ham's next outing against Crystal Palace on

"Felipe was sick on Friday and he couldn't train," added Pellegrini. "He had some stomach problems so I hope it is only a couple days, Maybe he ate something that was not so good."

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