With the imminent departure of Javier Hernandez to Sevilla in the next 48 hours West Ham will be left with just two strikers to remain fit until November.
Michail Antonio who can play up front looks likely for a three month lay off if scan results confirm the worst that an operation is needed and Xande Silva is also out until late October as he recovers from an obstructed bowel operation.
There is also no option to recall Jordan Hugill from QPR until January. Although the Hammers could look for a free agent we are led to believe that this remains unlikely despite freeing up a non-grown player place with Hernandez exit.
It leaves the two new West Ham summer signings of Sebastien Haller and Abian Ajeti as the only strikers relying on them to stay injury-free and in-form.
Hernandez handed in his transfer request on Thursday desperate to return to a Spanish speaking country but many supporters believe the club should have made him wait until January in the same way Pedro Obiang was made to wait for his move.