West Ham fear Javier Hernandez could miss Brighton clash after injury scare

According to Sky Sports, West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez could be a doubt for the clash against Brighton and Hove Albion at the London Stadium on Friday night after pulling up in training on Tuesday.

Sky Sports says that the Mexico international has undergone a scan on the issue but the Irons are yet to discover the full extent of the injury and if the summer signing will be available for the game against the Seagulls.

Considering Slaven Bilic will already be missing Andy Carroll through suspension after the striker was sent off against Burnley last weekend, the absence of Hernandez would be another huge blow considering he is their top marksman in the Premier League this season with three goals.

If the worst does happen, Diafra Sakho will be the only recognised centre-forward available, unless Bilic is willing to welcome Toni Martinez into the first-team reckoning following some impressive goalscoring form for the U23s – he has netted 23 goals in 26 appearances for them in total.

The Croatian boss would likely need to move away from the 4-4-2 formation he has used in recent weeks, with a front three of Sakho, Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio more likely against Chris Hughton’s men.

The hosts know they can move up to 10th position in the table with victory, and that will be a huge boost considering they have lost four of their eight Premier League matches this term.