Liverpool striker Divock Origi could be out for three weeks with the hamstring strain he picked up on Boxing Day.
The 22-year-old frontman was forced off in the win over Leicester at Anfield and replaced by Christian Benteke on 38 minutes. Benteke went on to score the winner and then started and scored the winner again in Wednesday’s victory at Sunderland.
Origi has had a scan on his hamstring and is expected to be sidelined until mid-January.
And with Origi out, boss Jurgen Klopp’s forward options will be limited with Danny Ings sidelined for the season following surgery on an ACL injury.
However, Daniel Sturridge could be ready to return with Klopp claiming on Thursday that his inclusion against West Ham on Saturday was a “possibility”.
“Maybe Daniel Sturridge could [return] if we try,” Klopp said at his press conference on Thursday. “Joe Allen is ill and we have to wait. (James) Milner no. Origi, it’s too early.”
Klopp was also unsure on Jordan Henderson’s fitness following reports he’d suffered a setback with his heel injury at Sunderland.
“We have to wait a little bit. It was something with the heel but it could be good for him, that’s what we all hope. Something like a final pain and then it goes in the other direction.
“Hendo is a real tough guy. Yesterday he tried and we saw it’s not perfect, so let’s change. Now we have to wait a few hours more or maybe a day or two and then we’ll know more.”