Kieron Dyer has suffered more injury misery while West Ham have no idea when fellow crock Dean Ashton will be able to resume his career.
Dyer, 30, just cannot seem to get himself fit and he was just on his way back from a four-week lay-off with a hamstring injury when his other hamstring went in training this week.
"Unfortunately Kieron is injured. He was coming back and he got another problem. It will be two or three weeks, hopefully," said Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola.
"It's unbelievable and I feel so sorry for him. The boy works hard, he comes back and when he's ready to get into the team, 100% fit, he gets injured again.
"It's a real pity because he is one of the players who could have given us something very good. He's been out for a long time now and every time he starts to get fit he picks up an injury.
"They are not big issues, they are small injuries but obviously his confidence is not good. But I have told him he has to fight, he has to be stronger than that - he will get there.
"It is frustrating for him but you can't afford to be frustrated, it doesn't help."
Ashton, 25, is seemingly no nearer a comeback after undergoing ankle surgery at the start of the year.
"Dean Ashton is still trying to work on his problems, I haven't had an update recently but he is trying very hard," added Zola.
"It is another frustrating situation for me because he is another player who could make a difference for this club. But I hope very much for him, first, and then for me."
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