West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is set to rely on summer signing Modibo Maiga after Ricardo Vaz Te was ruled out for the foreseeable future, according to The Daily Mail.
Vaz Te collided with Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone in the second half of his side’s 3-1 defeat to the Gunners on Saturday, dislocating his shoulder.
As a result, Vaz Te is set to be on the sidelines for at least six weeks, however this could be increased dependant on how well the attacker reacts to rehabilitation.
Maiga, who is highly-rated and signed for the Upton Park side from Sochaux in the summer, is yet to start a game for the Londoners, but Allardyce is set to throw the African into the Premier League fray whilst Vaz Te is unavailable.
Maiga has scored twice in the Capital One Cup this season, but now must harbour a sizeable chunk of the goalscoring responsibility for the newly-promoted side over the next couple of months.