Andy Carroll’s injury has left the Hammers with a serious striker crisis for the match against Everton as the selection problems pile up .
We have learned within the last few minutes that Diafra Sakho cannot be used for more than 30 minutes in tomorrow’s game against Everton.
With so little match action behind him, the advice of the medical team is that half an hour maximum will be the limit for the club’s Senegal striker.
It leaves the Irons looking incredibly lightweight up front where only Jonathon Calieri, Ashley Fletcher and Andrew Ayew will be available. It has left Slaven Bilic with little option than to opt for a highly defensive formation.
The inclusion of Ayew as a central striker is highly questionable but it seems likely the Ghana international may be called on to fill the role.
We were told: “Sakho will not be available to play 90 minutes – 30 is the limit for him.”
There is a view that Carroll’s continuing injury problems came as a result of him playing out 90 minutes against Arsenal and the club are unlikely to repeat the same mistake with Sakho.
Manager Slaven Bilic also has a problem at right back where Sam Byram is suspended and seems likely to draft in Havard Nordveit rather than pull Cheik Kouyate back from midfield.
He also has to decide whether to persist with error prone Darren Randolph between the stick or wherther to give Adrian a recall.