The news came just half an hour after ClaretandHugh broke an exclusive story on a growing Hammers injury crisis in which we suggested Sakho had a problem.
And within a few minutes Sakho tweeted news of the problem. We had written: “The most worrying rumour came this morning with the grapevine claiming Diafra Sakho was in a fitness race and if true that could put Andy Carroll into the frame earlier than expected.
We were told: “We hope Diafra will be ok but we certainly expect Stewart Downing to be avaialable after his recent injury worries with England.”
A Hammers source repeated this evening that one or two players were struggling for fitness but declared: “We won’t give up on Diafra. We remain hopeful.
“But it’s clear that Andy Carroll may get longer than was expected if things can’t be sorted for Diafra in time.”