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Curbs: Luck's against us

Hammers consider options after Dyer injury

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 29/08/07 7:54am

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Curbishley: Cursing luck

Curbishley: Cursing luck

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Alan Curbishley is weighing up another addition to his midfield after Kieron Dyer broke his leg in West Ham United's Carling Cup win at Bristol Rovers.

Dyer suffered the injury after just 10 minutes of the 2-1 success following a challenge from Joe Jacobson, which left Curbishley upset.

With the summer signing facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and with Julien Faubert and Freddie Ljungberg also injured, Curbishley was in exasperated mood

"At the moment I feel the luck is against us," said Curbishley.

"I am sitting there with £20million worth of players out injured. It's disappointing, but we have just got to get on with it and that's what the squad is for.

Treading on eggshells

"We are treading on eggshells. It is a little bit delicate for us at the moment.

"I will have to assess it, but that right-hand side - who would want to come and play for us with what has happened there?"

Meanwhile, Rovers boss Paul Trollope has defended Jacobson for the tackle on Dyer, which left Curbishley 'disappointed'.

Trollope said: "It was a foul. Joe swung his leg back to try and win the ball and that was it.

"The stories coming from West Ham that it was a malicious tackle, that he has gone to do him, are wide of the mark.

"Joe just swung his leg and it's a very unfortunate incident."

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