West Ham have been dealt another injury blow with the news that defender Arthur Masuaku will be out for at least six weeks.
The 22-year-old Frenchman was brought in for £6million from Olympiacos in August as cover for injured left-back Aaron Cresswell
But Masuaku has now joined Cresswell on the casualty list after damaging knee ligaments during the EFL Cup win over Accrington on Wednesday night.
For manager Slaven Bilic it is another problem to solve in a defence which conceded eight goals in their previous two Premier League outings.
The Hammers face Southampton on Sunday without a recognised senior left-back, so one of Alvaro Arbeloa or Sam Byram will have to move across from right-back to fill in.
“Masuaku did his knee against Accrington, he damaged ligaments and we will know better in a week but it’s going to be at least six weeks, if not more,” said Bilic.
“Some players can play in different positions, and you can fill gaps, but when you have two left-backs who have done the same ligaments it’s not good news.
“But I’m not looking for excuses. But we have a good team and I expect us to do it on Sunday.”