West Ham United’s highly-rated youngster Josh Cullen has suffered a major blow having dislocated his shoulder whilst in action for Charlton on Tuesday evening, according to the club’s official website.
The midfielder started the Addicks’ 2-0 win away to Walsall in midweek before picking up the nasty injury in the final 10 minutes of proceedings.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer cursed his side’s current injury crisis and lamented the fact that Cullen will now be out of action for a lengthy period of time.
“He’s (Vetokele) dislocated his shoulder, he’s gone to hospital,” the former Newcastle United midfielder said.
“Josh Cullen dislocated his shoulder, it’s just unreal. Saturday we got two hamstrings (Ben Reeves and Anfernee Dijksteel), today we get two dislocated shoulders, it’s just not normal.”
The 22-year-old made his West Ham breakthrough under former boss David Moyes in the second half of last season and went on to make five appearances in all competitions for the Hammers first team.
Despite impressing new boss Manuel Pellegrini during this year’s pre-season, the London outfit thought it would be better for the midfielder to gain regular first-team football elsewhere and was sent out on loan to Charlton.
Pellegrini invested heavily in his squad throughout the close season, bringing in the likes of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez in the middle of the park, making Cullen’s task of establishing himself in the first team even more difficult.
Currently in 13th place, the Hammers return to action on Saturday when they face a tricky test to newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, where they will be hoping to build on last weekend’s 4-2 home victory over Burnley.