West Ham fear Sakho faces an­other lay­off

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West Ham United will be with­out Di­afra Sakho for to­day’s League Cup quar­ter­fi­nal at Manch­ester United af­ter he in­jured his ham­string in the Premier League draw be­tween the sides at Old Traf­ford on Sun­day. The Sene­galese striker, a key fig­ure for West Ham in the last two sea­sons, has just re­turned to fitness af­ter be­ing out since the start of the sea­son with a back in­jury and scored early in Sun­day’s draw be­fore go­ing off in the se­cond half. Man­ager Slaven Bilic said he would miss the re­turn visit to Old Traf­ford and fears he faces an­other spell out. “We will have to wait for the re­sults of the scan to see how many weeks we will be with­out him,” Bilic told a news con­fer­ence.

“It is a big blow be­cause we know what he can give to us and he showed that against Manch­ester United on Sun­day. I can only hope it is not go­ing to be long.

“To be side­lined again is aw­ful for him but I am sure this in­jury will not be like the one that forced him to miss the start of the sea­son.” Bet­ter news for West Ham is that in­jury­plagued striker Andy Car­roll could be in line for a re­turn hav­ing been out since Au­gust with a knee in­jury. “Andy has had a good re­cov­ery and has been train­ing with us,” Bilic said. “If he pro­gresses well and there are not any mi­nor set­backs he will def­i­nitely be ready for Satur­day and we will make a de­ci­sion about the United game af­ter train­ing.” West Ham travel to United just two wins away from a first do­mes­tic cup fi­nal since los­ing to Liver­pool in the 2006 FA Cup fi­nal.

How­ever, they are only one point above the Premier League rel­e­ga­tion zone and host Arse­nal on Satur­day. “The league is al­ways the pri­or­ity but this is a big game and the cup com­pe­ti­tions are im­por­tant for us,” said Bilic who hinted at some team changes.

“It will be a big thing to reach the semi­fi­nals and that is why we are ap­proach­ing the game in a pos­i­tive way. It would give us a lot of con­fi­dence if we could win the game.” The teams drew 1-1 at the week­end. — Reuters

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