Thursday March 12th, 2015

West Ham striker Enner Valencia will likely miss Saturday’s game against Arsenal after suffering a deep cut on his big toe when he stepped on a broken teacup.

Valencia went to a hospital for surgery to clean and stitch the wound, which the team classified as “a deep laceration.”

“Enner has had an accident at home and has cut his big toe quite severely on a broken cup,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said, according to the team's website. “It has been stitched. We're not exactly certain but we think it will be too soon for him be considered for the game at Arsenal on Saturday. It was a freak accident at a time when we could have done without it due to our lack of available strikers.”

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Valencia's injury leaves the Hammers with one healthy striker, Diafra Sakho. Andy Carroll has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery on his knee and Carlton Cole picked up a hamstring injury last month. 

The 25-year-old Ecuadorian was acquired from Mexican side Pachuca this summer. He has five goals this season. 

West Ham sits in 10th place in the Premier League with 10 games to play, 17 points clear of the relegation zone and 14 points out of the top four.

- Dan Gartland

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