West Ham United striker Enner Valencia has suffered a new injury problem and looks set for another lay-off.
The 26-year-old Ecuador international only returned to action in the 2-0 defeat at Watford at the end of October after spending three months on the sidelines, but lasted only 20 minutes on Saturday after coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Upton Park because of an ankle problem.
To add to Hammers boss Slaven Bilic’s headaches, Dimitri Payet also picked up an ankle injury against Everton and had to be replaced shortly after the interval.
Bilic admits that, although the international break means the duo have a fortnight to recover before West Ham’s next Premier League game against Tottenham on Sunday 22nd November, they could be ruled out for some time.
He said: “It doesn’t look good. The first one on Dimitri was a bad challenge, the second one was on Enner’s ankle, although he did get the ball.
“It was a big blow for us to lose both of them, because we had been planning to play both of them together at some stage in the game. But the two injuries stopped us a bit.
“We can only hope they are going to be okay for the Spurs game, but the latest doesn’t sound very good. I hope that is not the case.”
Frenchman Payet has been one of the stars of the season so far and has already netted five goals since his summer arrival from Marseille.
West Ham are available at 5.50 to win at White Hart Lane, with the draw 4.00 and a Tottenham victory 1.57.