West Ham have announced on their official website that right back Ryan Fredericks will be out of action until next month.
He picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-0 FA Cup third round win against Gillingham yesterday and will look to return to action before the end of February.
Hammers Head of Medical Richard Collinge said: “Ryan injured his hamstring while chasing back late in the first half and was assessed immediately before undergoing a scan.
“He will now begin a period of rehabilitation and recovery, with the plan being to return to action before the end of February.”
Many Hammers fans took to Twitter to bemoan the news and encourage their club to spend some money on a replacement in the January transfer window.
As it stands, Pablo Zabaleta is the only experienced right back available to David Moyes, with Sam Byram having been sold to Norwich in the summer.
Zabaleta himself is only a short-term fix anyway, and could well leave the club in the summer when his contract ends, so it remains intriguing to see what West Ham will do in terms of their right back situation now.
Get well soon Ryan🙏🙏🙏
— Frank⚽⚒️ツ (@FrxnkSZN) January 6, 2020
Ffs actually spend some money on a right back then
— ethan (@WhuEthan) January 6, 2020
SAM BYRAM WELCOME BACK
— ™️ (@DefensiveRio) January 6, 2020
Ben Johnson szn
— Andrew Kane (@AndrewKane221) January 6, 2020
Wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t shouting at the ref resulting in him having to sprint back.
— ⚒ ADS ⚒ (@tekkers44whufc) January 6, 2020
— Steve ⚒ (@StevehJack9) January 6, 2020
A shame, but I would now go all out for Bogle of Derby.
— Simon Kerins (@1OnTheBallPR) January 6, 2020
Please not a freebie or loan…..
— Chris (@MR_bucket5) January 6, 2020
Gutted he was hitting form
— Martyn Hobbs (@MartynHobbs12) January 6, 2020