The enthusiasm relating to the signing of five players already this summer providing West Ham with the perfect opportunity to make a real impact this coming season has been slightly dampened.
News has broken that two of the Hammers first-team squad will be absent for at least three months.
Andy Carroll and Winston Reid have both returned from the Hammers Swiss pre-season training camp to undergo surgery.
Carroll, 29-years-of-age, has had surgery on a troublesome ankle injury whilst 30-year-old Reid has had surgery on a knee problem.
Talking about the news, and as quoted by the BBC, the Hammers boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has had this to say,
“This is a big blow for them and us but we hope to see them back as soon as possible.
“It does mean that we have lost two players in key areas, though, and we’ll continue to work hard with the owners to make further additions to strengthen the playing squad, beyond the five new signings already confirmed.”
It is a savage blow for the Hammers, even more so with Manuel Lanzini side-lined with a bad knee injury.
Reid’s absence at the heart of the defence will be a blow as will the ‘Plan B’ that fielding the powerful Carroll gives the team as an alternative option.
All we can do is wish the duo a speedy recovery and hope they return injury free for the remainder of the season.