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West Ham’s Diafra Sakho could miss two months with thigh injury

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Diafra Sakho of West Ham celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at White Hart Lane on February 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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West Ham has been dealt another injury blow as Diafra Sakho could be ruled out for two months.

The striker was taken off less than 20 minutes into the Hammers’ match against West Brom over the weekend after pulling up with a thigh injury.

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Sakho was the club’s leading scorer last season with 10 Premier League goals, and has started 12 of 14 league matches this year.

Manager Slaven Bilic said they must wait for some test results, but expects Sakho to miss a significant amount of time.

It will definitely not be a couple of weeks - four to eight, maybe longer.

We are waiting for the specialists. He has a bit of history with that thigh. It’s not a light one unfortunately.

Of course it’s a big blow. We are not bad in terms of quantity of injuries, but unfortunately they have happened to key players.

Sakho joins French playmaker Dimitri Payet on the sidelines, as Payet is out until February with an ankle injury. Enner Valencia has also missed a string of matches with an ankle problem, although he is expected to return before 2016.

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After a strong start to the season, the Hammers are winless in their last four league matches, dropping to eighth on the table. Now without their three most dangerous players on the attack, Slaven Bilic has a tough task to keep the club in the top half of the league.