West Ham United lost 3-0 at Burnley on Saturday afternoon, and if that result wasn’t bad enough, they have lost playmaker Manuel Lanzini to a broken collarbone sustained in the Turf Moor battle.
The Hammers ace is no stranger to injury having missed the majority of last season with a crucial one, but the London Stadium outfit could really have done without this one, as they look to find a way out of a horrible slump in form.
With points and results hard to come by at the minute, the last thing Manuel Pellegrini needed was to lose one of his West Ham superstars, with the Argentina international expected to be out for two months.
The Hammers midfielder required oxygen on the pitch, and was eventually stretchered off having suffered the injury in time added on, after falling badly in a collision with Burnley player Ashley Westwood.
The West Ham star was to undergo surgery on the problem on Sunday, pretty much ruling him out of playing again in 2019, much to the annoyance of his manager, who is coming under increasing pressure, after a terrible recent run of results.
The Hammers have now gone six matches without a win, and have plummeted down to 16th spot in the Premier League table, which is not the position they wanted to be in heading into the latest international break.
Pellegrini has a number of attacking talents in his West Ham squad, but despite the amount of options available to him, time will tell whether he has anyone who can come in and have the impact of Lanzini, a man regarded as one of the better players in the top flight.
If the bad run goes on for the Hammers, the Chilean boss will be counting down the days before his playmaker returns to action.