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Thursday 24 July 2014

O'Brien facing three months out

Published 29/01/2014|22:42

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Joey O'Brien could be sidelined for three months with a dislocated shoulder

West Ham defender Joey O'Brien faces an absence of around three months after dislocating his shoulder in Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League draw at Chelsea.

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Manager Sam Allardyce confirmed the defender will miss a significant chunk of the Hammers' fight to avoid relegation.

O'Brien landed awkwardly following an off-the-ball push from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill as the players positioned themselves at a corner, leaving the Hammers to defend stoppage time with 10 men.

"The only disappointment for us today was the two injuries," said Allardyce, following the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

"Joey, unfortunately, has dislocated a shoulder, which is bad news for us.

"That's our third dislocated shoulder this season. I don't think I've had three dislocated shoulders in my entire career, let alone three in one season."

Asked the likely length of absence, Allardyce said: "Ten to 12 weeks."

Mohamed Diame will be assessed ahead of Saturday's home match with Newcastle after suffering a bang on the knee when he fell over the advertising hoardings and had to be replaced in the first half.

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