Hammer blow! Crocked skipper Nolan faces eight weeks out with broken toe
08:40 GMT, 28 February 2013
16:14 GMT, 28 February 2013
West Ham have been dealt a huge blow with the news that captain Kevin Nolan faces two months on the sidelines after suffering a broken toe.
The midfielder, 30, limped off after just 35 minutes during Monday night's 3-2 London derby defeat by Tottenham at Upton Park following a clash with Mousa Dembele.
Nolan now faces an agonising wait to discover his fate after Hammers assistant boss Neil McDonald confirmed this morning that the club have not yet learned the results of his scan.
Tough luck: Kevin Nolan (left) tackles Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham before going off injured
The former Bolton and Newcastle star will definitely miss this
weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke and it is reported, by
The Sun, that he may have to wait for two weeks to find out if he can
make it through the rest of the campaign with
McDonald said: 'We're still waiting for the results to come back, his toe is very, very sore.
'He's had problems in the past with it, all season really. And he got a real good kick on it.
'So I'd imagine he won't be available for Saturday and then we'll see how the results come back and see where he's at.
'As I said, he has had problems with his foot all season, and he has been playing through the pain barrier. It's probably worse than it has been with him having the kick right on it.'
Despite a fine start to the season,
the east London club's form has suffered an alarming slump with just one
win in their last seven league games.
Sam Allardyce's side, who promotion
from the Championship at the first time of asking last season, have
slipped to 14th in the table and are just six points clear from the drop
But defender James Collins insists relegation has not been mentioned.
We are looking up and onwards,' the Wales centre half told the club's official website.
'There are more tough matches coming
up, but we have a great squad and great team spirit. We have to go to
Stoke and give it a good go and I feel we have more than enough in the
team to do that.
'The way we started the season showed
what we are capable of. We are training hard, we want to win every game
and that is no different against Stoke, who we know will be tough on
their own ground.
'But I strongly believe if we keep playing the way we are playing, the results will come.'
Getting involved: Nolan is an important player for the Hammers and now faces missing many of their remaining fixtures