West Ham have suffered a blow with the news Mark Noble has been ruled out until the New Year.
Noble is facing over a month on the sidelines after injuring his hip in last weekend's defeat at Liverpool.
Noble joins the likes of Thomas Hitzlsperger and Jack Collison on the sidelines, leaving Avram Grant short of options in midfield.
The 23-year-old made an unexpected return to action against Liverpool just 12 days after undergoing appendix surgery.
West Ham are hoping the influential midfielder will be back in January, but he will miss the busy festive period.
The injury is a major setback for basement boys West Ham as they look to climb off the bottom of the table.