Carlos Sanchez was handed a rare chance to shine in the EFL Cup tie against Macclesfield on Wednesday night.
However, the Colombian international’s evening was cut short early in the first half, when injury forced him to be replaced by Declan Rice.
Now, the Daily Mirror report that Sanchez could be ruled out for the entire season, with medial ligament damage.
Meanwhile, the contract dispute for his replacement Rice is rumbling on. Sanchez’s injury, combined with Jack Wilshere’s absence makes that an even more pressing concern.
Sanchez injury latest
The Mirror claim that holding midfielder Sanchez faces months out on the sidelines with injury.
They say he could miss the entire remainder of the campaign, and raise the prospect that Pellegrini re-enters the transfer market in January to secure a replacement.
Rice’s situation is now even more urgent
With Sanchez’s injury adding to Wilshere’s absence through an ankle injury, Pellegrini’s midfield options are thin on the ground.
That means that the contract uncertainty around Rice – valued at £9m by Transfermarkt – is even more unwelcome.
If a deal cannot be reached, the Hammers will be even more stretched in defensive midfield. Even without the blow, it would have been madness not to tie him down.
Now, the need is even more pressing.