As reported by Sky Sports, main-stay West Ham defender James Tomkins has had successful surgery on his recently dislocated shoulder and could yet return to first team action before the season is out.
The English defender suffered the problem in training after the Hammers returned from a warm weather stint in Dubai last week, yet the news seemingly couldn’t have come at a worse time for Sam Allardyce, who has payed witness to a magnitude of injury problems whilst manning the helm at Upton Park.
Winston Reid is also out injured at the moment – leaving the newly acquired Cheikhou Kouyate to fill in at centre-back alongside James Collins for West Ham’s upcoming matches.
Doneil Henry – another of Big Sam’s defenders who has since been loaned out to Blackburn Rovers after signing permanently for the Hammers – has been ruled out for the rest of the season however, with an ill-timed hamstring problem that has seemingly halted his promising, but albeit brief, progress in the English game.
The news on James Tomkins remains positive though, as west Ham look to end their recent run of poor form at home to Sunderland next time out.