Breaking News: Valencia out for six months


Valencia_3191610Enner Valencia is set for a six month lay off after a scan showed this afternoon that he has torn ligaments in his knee.

Manager Slaven Bilic’s worst fears were realised when the on pitch physios claimed last night that it looked like he had damaged his ligaments when he fell in awkwardly in last night’s clash against FC Astra.

ClaretandHugh received an early report that the Ecuador striker was likely to be out for the entire season but a senior source revealed a few minutes ago that’s unlikely to be the case.

We were told: “Its bad and yes it#s ligament damage but hopefully he won’t be out for the season. It looks like five or six months.

“Obviously it’s impossible to put a tight time frame on it but that’s usually the situation in cases like this. It’s real bad luck on the lad as he was really looking good and raring to go,”

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  • bubs says:

    Shame he will be back about the same time as Carroll plays his half a dozen games this year or just as he gates injured,
    Now we have to spend and spend big no cheap loans or over the hill players
    Dig deep 2 Daves or watch the season evaporate

    • hammer4life says:

      Who’s all doom and gloom now bubs? BTW don’t call me a looser. I’ve supported them away in Europe this season so I think I’m entitled to an opinion like you are. I can respect what you have to say without getting insulting.

  • BrookingtoDevonshire says:

    How come?
    The OS says a scan will happen on Monday, presumably to let the swelling go down.
    No update from earlier in the day.

  • hammer8909 says:

    any news on which exact ligament is torn? ACL / PCL grade 3 would be worst case!

    Due to the limited blood supply if a PCL complete tear has happened can take 9-12 months for a full recovery! sods law its that!

  • ExPat_Hammer says:

    Huge blow. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  • Michael Miller says:

    Sod’s Law strikes again – the Europa Cup was more trouble than it’s worth and now we’ve lost a couple of players for the conceivable future – what a waste of time!

    It’s ironic that West Ham got into the Europa Cup Rubbish through Fair Play and have had three players sent off in the first three games – you couldn’t make it up – you’ve got to laugh!

  • Dainon says:

    What a huge blow that is.. I thought he would be great this season

    At least there is plenty of time left in the window to bring in someone, will need 2 attackers now though… Maybe they will drop the Song deal … I can’t imagine the Dave’s will bring in 3 more players

  • Michael Miller says:

    You couldn’t make it up – the Europa Cup Rubbish has struck again!

  • hammer4life says:

    Feel sorry for Valencia. Thought he was going to have a good season

  • jetshammer says:

    Feel sorry for the player. It’s a shame, thought he was going to have a good seasons too in the new set up with Payet.

    I guess he hadn’t had much rest after last season going into the Copa America. Saying that he wasn’t the only player to play in the tournament but I’m sure the lack of rest may have played a part.

    I agree with others above that a big spend is required with two strikers out for 4 and 6 months at least. We need someone who can be reliable.

  • bubs says:

    My opinion H4life never mind MM is with you,
    Can’t wait till we stuff the Romainians next week,
    So which of our injuries were down to being in Europe for the 4 years ?
    Maybe Carroll has been playing under another name for a different club
    Anyone that wants our club to lose in any match is a looser full stop

  • TysonM says:

    We have some strange fans.We get into europe & yes it is a major undertaking to be in both comps,but who the hell wants their team to lose in europe.It is beyond my comprehension.There are other clubs fans whos team has never been in europe or havnt been for years who would love the chance.We get in it & some of our fans want to throw the towel in.Ffs,i give up 😉

    • essexclarets says:

      For once tyson we are in agreement. I really can’t understand why anyone would want their team to lose & get knocked out off europe…

  • hammer4life says:

    Bubs. I never said that I wanted them to lose I said J wouldn’t mind ( for the first time in my life) if we got knocked out next week. There’s a big difference. Get your facts right before you go shooting your moth off.

  • HammerAttack says:

    No shooting moths please,they are endangered species i believe 😉

  • Muckracker says:

    This injury could have as easily happened in a useless pre-season match against lower league opposition. Dont slag the EL. Isnt that exactly what happened to NHS CAROLL last pre-season. Didnt hear anybody moaning about pre-season at all.


  • oldgit says:

    Odds on for a Carlton Cole comeback!

  • Stingray Stewart says:

    Ricardo Vaz Te,get him back from Turkey,lol 😉

  • bubs says:

    So I would not mind if they lose is better is it,
    We have enough players for both games if you want to keep Sakho,Payet,Zarate,,Kouyate,
    Poyet,Burke,Cresswell,Adrien,Tomkins,Collins and Reid for Arsenal
    You still have a good team for Thursday
    Jenkinson ( can’t play Sunday ) Henry,Oby,Hendrie,
    Oxford,Alfitano or Cullen or Obieng,
    Jarvis,Magia,Lee or young Argie young Viking
    Subs Spegle,Cullen,or Alfitano,Page,Noble ( but don’t need to use him ) Nolan,Obieng,
    So what’s the problem
    I like my moth flying around but your proberly scared of them to 4life

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