Martin fears confirmed, doubtful for Palace

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 16th December 2019

David Martin is a doubt for West Ham's next Premier League outing after it was confirmed that he has torn a hip muscle.

West Ham's third choice goalkeeper pulled up immediately after taking a goal kick during added-on time at the end of West Ham's 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Manuel Pellegrini, speaking after the game confirmed that Martin has sustained a minor injury and that he would be examined by the club's medical team on Sunday.

And on Monday morning it was revealed by the Guardian's Jacob Steinberg that Martin has torn a hip muscle which means he could well miss West Ham's trip to Selhurst Park on Boxing Day.

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The Hammers are already without Ryan Fredericks for their next game as the full back collected a fifth booking of the campaign at St Mary's on Saturday, meaning he now faces an automatic one-match suspension.

Yet on the positive side Lukasz Fabianski - West Ham's first choice goalkeeper who has been sidelined since the end of September with a similar hip injury to Martin - could be ready to return for the trip to south London.

Speaking after West Ham's win at Southampton, Martin confirmed that Fabianski is set to return to first team action in the very near future.

"Lukasz is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and he showed that last year," he told "I don't think he's too far away now.

It's been a privilege to work with his for the last four months and I've learned so much from him. West Ham will be a better team when he's back in it."

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