Bobby Zamora is still not training after sustaining a knee injury last month, leading to a selection headache for West Ham boss Alan Curbishley.
Zamora would surely have played in Wednesday's Carling Cup third round game against Plymouth at Upton Park, given that Craig Bellamy has still not fully recovered from a hamstring injury and Dean Ashton has only just made his comeback.
But it remains unclear when Zamora can resume a season put on hold following the 2-1 victory at Bristol Rovers in the second round at the end of August.
This means a selection headache for Curbishley, who said: "We started the season with Zamora and Bellamy and on Sunday it was Ashton and Carlton Cole. It's just the way things go.
"Since the Bristol Rovers game Bobby's knee keeps swelling up. It's not the same problem he was struggling with last season but we have tried one or two things and it hasn't quite happened so we will have to re-assess that now.
"He has been out for three weeks and he is still not training. If Craig doesn't make it we have only two recognised senior strikers.
"We could bring in youngsters if we wanted but I can also play Freddie Ljungberg or Luis Boa Morte up there. We can cope."
In more positive news, hard-working midfielder Scott Parker could finally make his long-awaited debut in Wednesday's game.
He has been out with a knee injury which he suffered soon after his £7million switch from Newcastle in June.