West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic is undoubtedly the club’s talisman, but appears to be extremely fragile all of a sudden.
The Austria international had to be replaced by Lucas Perez after just 40 minutes after sustaining what looked to be a hamstring injury.
The player is due to go for a scan on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.
This won’t be the first time Arnautovic has had to be assessed by medical staff in the run up to a weekend fixture.
In recent weeks he hasn’t seemed 100% fit, and his ongoing knee issue has been well documented. Sometimes Arnautovic cannot train for at least a few days after playing games.
Austrian publication Salzburger Nachrichten report his knee has been causing him problems for weeks and sometimes he requires injections.
Arnautovic fragility is a worry
The fact that Arnautovic seems to be constantly being checked over by medical staff has to be a big concern for the club.
It seems every week that there are early reports that he won’t be fit in time for the next game.
Recently he has looked a little jaded, suggesting that he may be playing through the pain barrier.
It’ll be important for West Ham to allow their talisman to fully recover from everything before fielding him again, before he puts himself out of action for months.
He has been a revelation since his £24 million move from Stoke City in 2017 (The Telegraph).
He is clearly extremely fragile so Pellegrini mustn’t be tempted to keep on playing him.
With a favourable run of fixtures coming up, this could be the ideal time for the Chilean to afford his main man some extra rest on top of his recovery from the hamstring issue.