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West Ham's injury crisis shows no signs of abating with Winston Reid and Victor Moses both ruled out until the new year with hamstring injuries.
The Hammers have made a strong start to the season but their good form has been threatened due to the growing injury list with Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho out until February, while Manuel Lanzini will miss six weeks.
Moses sustained a hamstring injury against Manchester United last weekend and scans have confirmed he will be out for between four and six weeks, while Reid's injury, which he picked up in training, could see him ruled out for a considerable spell.
"Winston's injury doesn't look good. We don't know how long he'll be out for yet, we'll know more tomorrow after the scan," manager Slaven Bilic told his weekly press conference.
"He slipped early on in the training session, it looks like a rupture. He'll definitely be out of the Stoke game and a few more games."
When asked about his club's injury situation, Bilic added: "We are now missing six very important players, but we can't complain. We need to get over it and do well with the players we do have.
"We have a very good medical team here so hopefully some players will come back quicker than first expected.
"Of course it will be difficult without players like Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho, but we played without all of them at Manchester United.
"Now it is about the squad and the character of the players we have, it is time for them to step up and help the team."
In a bid to help ease the injury problem, West Ham will leave their Chadwell Heath training ground and move to Rush Green earlier than planned.
"We were planning on moving the training ground to Rush Green at the end of the season, now we are moving that forward," Bilic explained.
"We will be training at Rush Green from Monday. The pitches here at Chadwell Heath are soft on top, but hard underneath which is the worse combination. So I have made the decision to go to Rush Green where the pitches are better.
"This is not the fault of the groundsmen or the medical staff, it is just a fact."