Enner Valencia ruled out of Arsenal match after freak injury

Valencia takes on Chelsea's Oscar in last week's 1-0 defeat. (©GettyImages)

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has suffered a bizarre toe injury that will keep him out of the Hammers’ visit to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, March 14.

Valencia’s injury occurred when the striker dropped a cup on his toe at home, causing him to have stitches. Manager Sam Allardyce told a press conference this morning ahead of the trip to Arsenal: "He had an accident at home and has cut his big toe quite severely.”

Lack of options

Losing Valencia is a big blow for Allardyce and West Ham what with fellow strikers Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole currently out of action as well. Big Sam bemoaned the loss of the Ecuadorian, saying: "It was a freak accident at a time when we could have done without it due to our lack of available strikers.”

With the forward unlikely to be in the squad to face Arsenal, the Hammers will possibly look to new signing Nene, who has impressed in his cameo appearances since joining the club in February.

Alternatively, Allardyce could also look to change formation and pack the midfield ahead of a tough trip to the in-form Gunners, bringing in former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song or French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.

Season of struggle

Valencia has had an inconsistent first season in England, scoring just five goals in all competitions, although that does include a stunning strike against Hull City. Rumours of a January move to Chelsea came as a surprise to many Hammers fans, who are frustrated they haven’t seen the best of the player who enjoyed a terrific World Cup with Ecuador last summer.

The £12 million signing will be given time to settle though as he has shown at times he has the quality to compete at the highest level. Hammers fans will hope the striker is more careful with his cups in the future.

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