West Ham have been dealt an injury blow as they approach their meeting with Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Enner Valencia has unfortunately cut his big toe on a broken cup at his home and may miss out on their short trip across London for the big match.

Sam Allardyce was issuing his pre-match statement and talked about the prospects ahead: “He had a freak accident at home. He cut his big toe quite severely with a broken cup. It had to be stitched up in hospital.”

He said: “We’re not sure if he will be considered for this game. It was a freak accident.”

Valencia has struck four goals in 25 Premier League appearances since his £12 million move from Pachuca, after impressing for Ecuador in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.  His goal record for The Hammers this term isn't too great but he has built a good partnership with Diafra Sakho, and their team has improved from last season.

His injury could come at a huge cost against Arsenal as they already have the likes of Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll on the sidelines. The club is suffering with poor form since the New Year and one win in eleven outings, have seen the fans getting on Sam Allardyce's back once again. The big man needs dramatic improvements if he is to continue in the club's hot seat for further seasons.

The 25-year-old Ecuador international has also attracted interest from Chelsea this season and he will be looking to get back into the action for the claret and blues and scoring goals on a regular basis. West Ham have many good players in their side and he is one of those in the mix to take the club forward. This minor injury could see him sit out for a couple of days as he faces a tough battle to make the Arsenal clash.

The Hammers have just got back from their trip to Dubai in a bid to help turn around their recent run of form, as they look for a top ten finish. They were considered Champions League contenders earlier in the season after their explosive start, but many players have lost their form and injuries have reduced their flow. Allardyce has to re-group and he will be expecting a change in fortunes as they look to finish the season on a high. 

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