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Sakho out for (another) three months

Filed: Thursday, 22nd December 2016
By: Staff Writer

Diafra Sakho has been ruled out of action for up to ten weeks, according to Slaven Bilic.

The Senegal striker, who made his first appearance of the season in the 3-2 defeat at White Hart Lane last month was injured in his second game back against Manchester United.

And despite being ruled out until the end of 2016 with what was described as a thigh injury, the club now report that the 27-year-old has developed "a back problem" that will beep him out of action until early Spring.

"It's a big blow for us. It will rule him out, six-eight weeks, maybe 10 weeks, we are talking about even March for him to be back," said Bilic during a press conference this morning.

"He was out at the beginning of the season for a long time and when he came back he played a couple of games. We saw how much impact he can have on our game. Itís a big blow for us. Heís out - thatís the situation."

Bilic also revealed that he and the club are planning to fill the void during the transfer window., with Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri also unlikely to feature for West Ham in the second half of the season and Ashley Fletcher linked with a move to Leeds.

ďIím not crazy about the January transfer window but you plan your team in the summer and then a lot of things happen, like the injury to Sakho," he added.

"But it's good to fill a gap with loans until the end of the season or, even better, to find someone permanent. If something really good becomes available then weíre going to try to do it."

However there was slightly better news with regards to the Boxing Day trip to Swansea. "We have a few knocks but we're expecting everyone to be fit apart from Diafra, who needs a back operation", confirmed Bilic.

"The guys who played in the last game, I expect them all to be fit."

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