It is so typical of West Ham’s rotten luck with new signings and injuries that Ings picked up a knee problem less than 24 hours after being unveiled by the Hammers.
Many were not overly surprised given the £15m signing’s history of injuries. But Ings has had a relatively clean bill of health prior to joining the Hammers and looked sharp during his brief cameo in the win over Everton.
Initial reports claimed West Ham’s new striker could be out for around three to four weeks.
He joins £35.5m summer signing Scamacca on the sidelines with the Italian also nursing a knee injury that West Ham initially described as a “minor knock”.
And let’s not forget Maxwel Cornet, who can also play as a forward. The £17.5m summer arrival from Burnley has been out since October and has no return date as yet after suffering a rare calf problem.
West Ham are still very much in the thick of the relegation battle and face some very difficult fixtures with Newcastle away, Chelsea at home and Spurs away following the FA Cup game against Derby.
If the Hammers don’t pick up some unexpected points in those matches they will find themselves back in the bottom three with three months left of the season.
Having everyone fit and firing at this stage is crucial so the injuries to Scamacca and Ings are a major concern.
There has been some welcome good news, though, it seems.
Because West Ham have been handed an absolutely huge striker boost as a journalist makes a new Scamacca claim while there’s better news on Ings too.
According to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg, Scamacca will be back for the big home clash with Chelsea on February 11th.
And Ings won’t be far behind, with the 30-year-old expecting to be available for the match at Spurs a week later.
“There is a chance that he (Ings) could be back for the trip to Tottenham on 19 February, though the home game against Nottingham Forest a week later could be more realistic,” Steinberg reports in The Guardian.
“The former Southampton striker has twice sustained long-term knee ligament injuries. To West Ham’s relief, this latest knock is not linked…
“Gianluca Scamacca, who joined in a £35.5m from Sassuolo last summer, has also been managing a minor knee problem and is likely to miss the tie against Derby. Scamacca will hope to return against Chelsea.”
Ings was cup-tied for West Ham’s FA Cup trip to Derby on Monday anyway. So, depending how David Moyes approaches his team selection for the cup clash, it means Michail Antonio will likely lead the line at Pride Park and away to Newcastle.
Reports suggest West Ham are still trying to bring in another striker. With the injury issues – and lack of goals even when Scamacca and Antonio have been fit previously – that would be a very wise move given what is at stake and the spectre of what would be a disastrous relegation.