Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v QPR

Sunday, 05 October 2014, 16:15

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 2 - 1 West Ham

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Allardyce admits injury fears

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has banned full-contact training in a desperate bid to stop the club's injury crisis from worsening.

Last Updated: 23/12/12 at 13:38 Post Comment

Sam Allardyce: Concerned about West Ham's injury crisis

Sam Allardyce: Concerned about West Ham's injury crisis

Guy Demel sat out Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Everton due to illness and he was joined on the sidelines by Andy Carroll, Mohamed Diame, Yossi Benayoun and Ricardo Vaz Te.

Long-term injury victims Alou Diarra and Jack Collison were rushed back onto the bench, while Carlton Cole will now be absent for three matches after being controversially sent-off at Upton Park.

The postponement of the Boxing Day match at Arsenal has given West Ham a chance to patch up their players and Allardyce admits the club cannot cope if there are any more absentees.

"We had 10 players who were fit and one was about 80% fit and that was all we had," Allardyce said.

"We had Jack Collison, who hasn't kicked a ball since the play-off final and Alou Diarra, who hasn't kicked a ball in three months, that is how bare bones we are at the moment.

"Medical staff are busier than us as coaches at the moment. We can't afford any more contact or any more injuries, so we can't even do any training.

"If we try to do any training and try to do any shape or build-up for Reading, we will get contact between players and, if you get contact between players, you risk injury and we can't do that.

"We can't even get out on the field and do a bit of coaching at the moment."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Championship: Fulham owner Shahid Khan names five-man search party for new manager

Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, and Sky Sports pundit Niall Quinn will help Fulham's search for their new manager.

Manchester United confirm Ander Herrera has suffered a broken rib

Manchester United have confirmed that Ander Herrera suffered a fractured rib against West Ham on Saturday.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud's new contract is 'done deal'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a new contract for French striker Olivier Giroud is a 'done deal'.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property