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Kurt Zouma (centre) is expected to be sidelined for months with a hamstring injury. Photo: PA

Kurt Zouma (centre) is expected to be sidelined for months with a hamstring injury. Photo: PA

Kurt Zouma (centre) is expected to be sidelined for months with a hamstring injury. Photo: PA

David Moyes could be forced into the January transfer market to solve West Ham United’s growing injury crisis after Kurt Zouma became the latest defender to be ruled out with a long-term problem.

Scans have shown that Zouma, a £30m summer signing from Chelsea, suffered a serious hamstring injury in the 3-2 win against his former club last weekend.

It means that Moyes will be without both of his first-choice defenders for a sustained period after losing Angelo Ogbonna to a knee injury last month.

It is feared that Zouma will be out for months, leaving Moyes with limited options at centre-back as West Ham try to balance their push for a place in the Premier League’s top four with their Europa League commitments.

The onus will now be on Craig Dawson and Issa Diop to maintain West Ham’s defensive solidity until next month, when the club will look for options in the transfer market.

Moyes will also be without full-back Ben Johnson for the next few weeks with a hamstring injury.

Burnley defender James Tarkowski has attracted interest from West Ham before and has only six months remaining on his contract. The next transfer window will be Burnley’s last chance to receive a fee for the Englishman, who’s also wanted by Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans will now be allowed to attend their Europa League game at Lyon tomorrow following another U-turn by French authorities.

The Glasgow club had been informed that their supporters would get into the final group game, only to be left bemused and frustrated on Monday when that decision was overturned.

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