Manuel Pellegrini has lamented the injury picked up by Andriy Yarmolenko, describing it as ‘very disappointing’ and saying ‘it is very difficult for the team’.
Summer signing Yarmolenko has made an impressive start to life at West Ham United, but now looks set for a lengthy period on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
The Ukrainian attacker went down in agony clutching his ankle and had to be stretchered off during his side’s 1-0 loss to Spurs last weekend, despite not having made contact with an opposition player.
It is thought that the injury will keep him out of action for around six months, and speaking ahead of the Hammers trip to the East Midland’s to face Leicester City this weekend, Manuel Pellegrini couldn’t hide his disappointment at losing yet another key player from his ranks:
“It was very disappointing because he is an important player for us. He was one of the players who arrived this season to bring us more technical players,” the Chilean told his pre-match press conference.
“We also have Lanzini and Wilshere out so that’s three players in the same position, it’s really a pity. It is very difficult for the team.”