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Four out until March, confirms Pellegrini

Filed: Friday, 2nd November 2018
By: Staff Writer

Maneul Pellegrini has revealed that he will be without four first team players for a minimum of "four or five months".

The Hammers boss, speaking to the media this lunchtime ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Burnley revealed that Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko are all expected to be sidelined until March at the earliest.

However there was slightly more fortunate news regarding duo Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll, the latter of whom hasn't featured in a competitive fixture for West Ham since the goalless draw with Manchester Utd six months ago in May.

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"I think Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll will be 100 per cent fit and working with the squad fully during the international break," said Pellegrini. "So they will be available in the first game after the break.

"We have four other players with long injuries - Reid, Lanzini, Sanchez and Yarmolenko - and they will not be able to play for four or five months more, at least. Aaron Cresswell recovered from a small injury that caused him to miss the last game, but all the other players are fit."

Despite being seriously short of numbers, Pellegrini nonetheless described the upcoming clash with Burnley as a fixture the Hammers simply cannot afford to drop points in - even though the club's record at Stratford is particularly poor (West Ham have lost 21 matches since moving to E20 just two season ago).

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"Absolutely, we must win," he said when quizzed about the importance of the fixture. We have the same feeling and same opinion after we finished the last game.

"In that we did well; we created a lot of options and we deserved a better result but, for different reasons, we didnít get the result that we wanted. So, three points against Burnley at home - it must be a game we cannot fail in.

"You always think you can do better and I think we deserve more points, but we must demonstrate that. The best team doesn't always get the points they deserve. We are improving and I think that after 19 games we will see if we are in the position that we deserve."

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Pellegrini also brushed off a question regarding the pitch invasions and fighting that marred the midweek Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham - whilst urging the fans not to repeat the scenes witnessed during Burnley's last visit to Stratford, back in March.

"I know what happened in this game last year with the West Ham fans, but I wasn't here at that time," he said.

"I am absolutely sure that the atmosphere is different from that moment to the atmosphere now and that we feel, in every game - especially when we feel we are improving - the support of all the fans.

"I also feel the team is doing well with a lot of personality and desire to win. I am telling you because I speak to the players, they feel in every game that we absolutely have 100 per cent support of the fans behind us."

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