West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen looks set for a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder, as reported by football.london.
The 22-year-old, on loan at Charlton Athletic, was in action for the Addicks on Tuesday night against Walsall.
Cullen went down with 10 minutes to go, and was replaced by George Lapslie.
Remarkably, that was the second dislocated shoulder of the match after Igor Vetokele was taken off with the same issue in the first half.
It will be massively frustrating for Cullen, who has been in decent form at the Valley.
Cullen’s momentum will now be halted
Although no return date has yet been set for the player, one has to imagine it’ll be at least a few weeks before he can return to action.
And even when he does, it could take him some time to get back up to speed and hit the levels he’d been managing over the first few months of the campaign.
Annoyingly for Cullen, his parent club West Ham currently have two first-team central midfielders out of action.
Jack Wilshere has been recovering from ankle surgery, while Carlos Sanchez is out indefinitely after injuring his knee ligaments.
It’s a real chance for Cullen to impress, with extra empasis on the lack of options in midfield for the Irons.
But he’ll now have to spend some time in the treatment room.
Before his loan move to Charlton, Cullen had caught the eye of Manuel Pellegrini in pre-season.
Despite that, the Chilean thought it best to send him away temporarily and things had been going really well up until the unfortunate injury.