West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has been beset by injury problems all season long.

For West Ham fans it is nothing new of course.

The Hammers seem to have been dogged by an injury curse which often denies them of their best players for long periods over the years.

It means West Ham rarely have their best XI on the field and has undoubtedly held the club back at times.

That has certainly been the case this season.

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Shocking new stat lays bare Pellegrini’s big problem

Pellegrini has blamed the injuries for West Ham’s lack of consistency with an over-reliance on the same group of players for most of the campaign.

And now a shocking new statistic has laid bare just how much the Chilean boss has suffered in his first season at the club.

Data analysing the average number of players unavailable due to injury in the Premier League for the 2018/19 season has seen West Ham come out comfortably on top.

According to the data, which was broadcast on Sky Sports News on Wednesday afternoon, West Ham top the table for the unwelcome statistic with an average of 7.07 players unavailable per Premier League matchday.

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Seven players unavailable PER GAME

That is one worse than Arsenal, two worse than Spurs and Manchester City, and three worse than Watford, Liverpool and Manchester United.

 

It is more than six worse than high-flying Wolves who average just under one absence through injury per matchday.

Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid have missed the entire campaign so far.

But he will be without Andruy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez until next season.

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Depressing list but injury situation seems to be easing

Jack Wilshere has already missed most of the campaign since signing on a free from Arsenal. And he could also sit out until the summer after complications with an ankle injury.

Marko Arnautovic and Samir Nasri have been out recently and Fabian Balbuena is not expected back until March.

Ryan Fredericks and Javier Hernandez have also spent two separate spells on the sidelines this season.

Andy Carroll was not available until late November. Meanwhile Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio have also had lengthy spells in the treatment room.

The situation does seem to be easing, though.

Pellegrini is set to welcome back Nasri and Arnautovic this weekend. Reid and Lanzini are then set to return in the next month to six weeks.