West Ham United and Manuel Pellegrini have been dealt a huge double injury blow to two of their key players ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Hammers have started off the transfer window well and are being tipped for big things next season after some of their business.
The club have already signed Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko as two of their top signings and Felipe Anderson is set to follow them.
That means that their ambitions of crashing into the top six after their impressive final campaign at the Upton Park could finally be reached following a disappointing season.
Though, one thing that will not help is the double injury blow that the club has been dealt this morning.
Those two injury blows come in the form of Andy Carroll and Winston Reid who have both been ruled out of action for three months.
Carroll has had the previous couple of campaigns blighted by injury but has shown what he can do when he has featured.
Winston Reid is also a pivotal member in the West Ham side and will be a big blow for them in the centre of defence.
While the signing of Issa Diop could make up for the injury to Reid, Carroll’s injury could look to West Ham exploring the transfer market for a new striker.
Speaking at their pre-season camp in Switzerland, Pellegrini discussed how they may need to bring in reinforcements.
“It does mean that we have lost two players in key areas, though, and we’ll continue to work hard with the owners to make further additions to strengthen the playing squad, beyond the five new signings already confirmed,” he explained, as quoted by the BBC.