West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has suffered a double injury blow at the worst possible time.

Pellegrini has been on the brink at West Ham for several weeks according to reports.

As a result of going two months without a win, the Hammers plummeted from third in the Premier League to the edge of the relegation zone.

Away wins at Chelsea and Southampton two weeks apart have eased the pressure slightly.

But The Daily Star claims Pellegrini could still be fired imminently.

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Pellegrini still under pressure

With the game at Liverpool postponed until the new year, West Ham now have a 12-day break until their next match.

Crystal Palace await on Boxing Day.

And as a result of picking up a fifth booking of the season against Southampton last time out, right back Ryan Fredericks will miss out due to suspension.

Pablo Zabaleta has not featured since being run ragged in an embarrassing home defeat to Newcastle.

West Ham fans have been calling for youngster Ben Johnson to be brought back into the team after his return from injury.

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Double injury blow causing concern

But Johnson promptly picked up a new knock in the Under 23 side’s 4-0 win over Newcastle U23s on Monday.

Johnson was looking good in the game until he pulled up with what sounded a serious injury after just 17 minutes.

“A sad sight as Ben Johnson pulls up on the right and looks disconsolate,” the official website’s match feed said.
“He’s in some pain and can’t continue – Emmanuel Longelo’s on in his place, and goes immediately over to left-back, with Rosa reverting to right-back. Let’s hope it’s just a tweak for him.”
Unfortunately for Pellegrini that is not the only bad news on the injury front.

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West Ham fans praying for Fab relief

According to the likes of The Times, goalkeeper David Martin looks likely to miss the festive period due to the thigh injury he picked up late on at Southampton.

That will fill West Ham fans with dread at the prospect of the possible return of hapless goalkeeper Roberto.
Hammers fans will just have to hope West Ham insider ExWHUemployee has called it right about star man Lukasz Fabianski.
The reliable Twitter and radio source claims Fabianski is targeting a return to action for West Ham’s Boxing Day clash at Crystal Palace.
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