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Monday 10 December 2018

Depleted Hammers plan without Marko

Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic

Manuel Pellegrini has challenged West Ham's remaining strikers to step up to the plate after Marko Arnautovic was ruled out for a month.

Five-goal frontman Arnautovic suffered a muscle injury against Cardiff on Tuesday and will be out until January.

The Austrian is the latest addition to a lengthy injury list which includes Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell and Carlos Sanchez.

But Lucas Perez came on and scored twice in the 3-1 win while Andy Carroll, back from his latest lay-off, also made a late cameo.

Pellegrini said: "We know how important Marko is for our team. We have too many players injured but I always have the same answer - we have a squad and it is a chance for another player to demonstrate why they are here."

Wilshere remains on the casualty list and will miss tomorrow's visit of Crystal Palace. Pellegrini added: "With Wilshere it is his ankle, he's not 100 per cent comfortable, so he will not be involved in this game. I hope that next week he will be OK."

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