West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic is set to be out of action until 2019, as reported by The London Evening Standard.
The Austrian international limped off against Cardiff City on Tuesday to be replaced by Lucas Perez, and it has now been determined that he suffered a hamstring injury.
The forward limped off after 40 minutes at the London Stadium, but his teammates were able to grind out a 3-1 win without him.
It’s a huge blow for the Hammers, without Arnautovic having been the club’s best player for the past year now.
The forward has been brilliant for the Irons following his £24 million move from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 (The Telegraph), after former boss David Moyes moved him into a central striking position.
Can Anderson take Arnautovic’s mantle?
With Arnautovic set for a stint on the sidelines, West Ham are going to need someone to turn to for inspiration.
One man who has been shining just as brightly as Arnautovic this season has been Felipe Anderson.
The £36 million summer signing from Lazio has finally found his groove after an underwhelming start.
Anderson has really impressed in recent weeks, having scored five goals and made one assist in his last nine Premier League games.
He is clearly a player that can inspire with his flair and personality and ability to make things happen.
It’s going to be hugely important for him to take on a talismanic role now that Arnautovic has been ruled out.