West Ham suffer major blow as key player ruled out till 2019

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out of action for the long-term after suffering a hamstring injury. The Austrian international injured his hamstring while featuring for the Hammers during their Premier League clash against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
Arnautovic has been one of the Hammers best players so far this season along with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. He has so far played 13 games in the League this season and netted five goals while contributing two assists. 
The London Evening Standard have now reported that the 29-year-old will be out of action till at least 2019. This will surely be a huge blow to all fans of the Hammers. 
The Hammers are currently in 12th place on the League standings with 18 points after 15 games. Manuel Pellegrini’s side started off the season in poor form, losing their opening four games, however, they have since recovered well and won their last two consecutive games. 
They defeated Newcastle United 3-0 last weekend and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday. 
Arnautovic’s injury problems mean that he will miss at least his side’s next five fixtures which will be against Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, Southampton and Burnley. 

Meanwhile, the Hammers are boosted by the return of Jack Wilshere. The England international has been out of action for nearly three months and while he missed his team’s game against the Terriers, manager Pellegrini insisted that this was just a precaution.

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