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West Ham striker Diafra Sakho is facing up to eight weeks on the sidelines, according to manager Slaven Bilic.
Sakho sustained a thigh injury during last weekend's 1-1 draw with West Brom and the club are waiting for the results of his scan to determine how long he will be out for.
It was feared that his season could be over, but Bilic believes he could be sideline for just eight weeks, which would rule him out of the busy Christmas and New Year period.
"Diafra Sakho, we are still waiting for the results of his scan, but it will definitely not be a couple of weeks - four to eight, maybe longer," Bilic told reporters on Thursday.
"It is a bit of history with that injury, it happened in the game when he had that chance and he felt it straight away. He is a brave guy he tried to continue but after he fell down he knew.
“It is nothing dangerous for long term but it is not a light one and we will be without him."
Sakho has scored three goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season but he is likely to be out until early February adding to Bilic's growing injury list.
"It is a big blow, in terms of quantity of injuries we are not bad but in terms of quality we are. The injuries have happened to key players in the offensive side of the game," Bilic added.
"We don’t necessarily need to sign a striker in January, I am not saying we won’t try and get someone but right now we will wait and see.
"Now Andy Carroll is a big player, and Nikica Jelavic and Michail Antonio.
"It looks like (Enner) Valencia is going to be ok soon, maybe in a few weeks time so that is a big boost."