Ham­mer blow for striker

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Lon­don

– West Ham striker Marko Ar­nau­tovic has been ruled out for a month af­ter pulling a ham­string in Tues­day’s 3-1 Pre­mier League win over Cardiff City, man­ager Manuel Pel­le­grini said this week.

The Aus­trian in­ter­na­tional has emerged as a key player at the tip of the Ham­mers’ at­tack this sea­son with five league goals in 13 games and Pel­le­grini said the club’s other for­wards had to step up dur­ing a busy run of fix­tures this month.

“Ar­nau­tovic has a mus­cle in­jury. He’ll prob­a­bly be out for around one month,” Pel­le­grini told a news con­fer­ence ahead of to­day’s game against Crys­tal Palace.

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