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Wednesday 23 August 2017

West Ham star Enner Valencia a doubt for Gunners clash after cutting his tow on a mug

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Sam Allardyce has confirmed Enner Valencia is a doubt for tomorrow's London derby against Arsenal after cutting his toe on a broken mug.

With the Hammers free of FA Cup commitments having slipped to a 4-0 fourth-round exit at the hands of West Brom, Allardyce took his side off to Dubai for some warm-weather training.

Although the 60-year-old believes the trip could see an upturn in form for West Ham, the toe injury suffered by Valencia upon their return will be seen as another setback.

Valencia required emergency hospital treatment with the club confirming he had suffered a "deep laceration" after stepping on a piece of broken porcelain having dropped a teacup on the floor.

It is the latest injury blow for Allardyce, who is already without fellow forwards Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole, with Winston Reid also missing for the trip to Arsenal. "Enner has had an accident at home and has cut his big toe quite severely on a broken cup," Allardyce said.

"We're not exactly certain but we think it will be too soon for him be considered for the game at Arsenal on Saturday.

"It was a freak accident at a time when we could have done without it due to our lack of available strikers."

The Hammers confirmed the nature of the accident with a short statement on their website, which read: "Enner Valencia sustained a deep laceration of his big toe on Tuesday evening in an accident at his home. The number 31 trod on a piece of teacup, which he had dropped, and the resulting wound required emergency hospital treatment."

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