MARKO ARNAUTOVIC will miss the rest of 2018 after it was revealed his hamstring is too inflamed to undergo a scan yet.
West Ham’s leading striker, 29, limped out of Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Cardiff.
Reuters3 It was a sorry sight for West Ham and their fans to see their best player Arnautovic leave the field with serious injury
Club medics are letting the affected area settle down before sending him for a scan later today.
Then they will be able to make a full assessment of the injury and how long the Austrian will be out.
But it is likely he will miss most, if not all, of West Ham’s hectic seven games over Christmas.
Arnautovic left the London Stadium on crutches as a precaution.
Getty Images – Getty3 The Austrian international has said he will be back for the Hammers in the new year
PA:Press Association3 Marko Arnautovic was replaced by Lucas Perez in the 3-0 win against Cardiff
He said: “I will be out for a while but I will do everything to come back stronger and quickly.”
Arnautovic has scored five goals for West Ham this season and his absence is a big blow.
But at least boss Manuel Pellegrini has cover in Lucas Perez, who scored twice after coming on to replace Arnautovic.
Striker Andy Carroll is also fit again after ankle problems.
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New Ireland boss Mick McCarthy will try to talk Hammers midfielder Declan Rice out of switching international allegiance to England in the next couple of days.
McCarthy watched Rice playing for the Hammers this week.
The 19-year-old has played friendlies for Ireland, for whom he qualifies via his grandad.
But the Surrey-born star is able to play for England still and has been courted by the FA.