West Ham United have the worst injury list in the Premier League at the moment.
It is testament to the superb job Manuel Pellegrini is doing at West Ham that the team is sitting comfortably in 10th place with a realistic chance of a European place.
The Hammers are missing a fortune in talent with eight first team players injured, many for the season.
Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmolenko are all expected to be out until the 2019/20 campaign.
Speculation Wilshere could miss season
The Sun recently claimed Jack Wilshere could join them on that unwelcome list.
According to The Sun’s report Wilshere faced being ruled out for the season.
But a new report in The Daily Mail suggests the former Arsenal midfielder could be back in action to face Fulham or Manchester City towards the end of February.
The Mail said Wilshere will return to training on Monday.
Wilshere return date set
“Now he is set to resume light training on Monday with a closely-monitored programme,” the report claims.
“The plan is for the intensity to increase so that Wilshere could be ready to play again in possible four weeks but, more likely, six weeks.”
The news comes as a minor boost for West Ham given the alternative.
But it still means Wilshere would have missed nearly six months of the season.
Can Nasri bridge the gap?
That will only serve to vindicate those who questioned the wisdom of the Hammers signing Wilshere given his torrid injury history.
Pellegrini does have Samir Nasri to call on now after signing him on a free transfer this month.
Nasri is a former teammate of Wilshere from their time at Arsenal.
The Frenchman made an impressive debut in the FA Cup win over Birmingham after 18 months out of the game.