West Ham midfielder Carlos Sanchez will be assessed ahead of this Saturday’s match against Manchester United.

Sanchez picked up an injury early on against Macclesfield Town last night in the EFL Cup.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Sanchez is a doubt in his post-match press conference, reported via Football.London.

Sanchez injury

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Carlos Sanchez of West Ham United goes off with an injury during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Macclesfield Town at The London Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Sanchez had to be substituted after just nine minutes against Macclesfield last night.

The Colombia international picked up a knee injury and was replaced by Declan Rice.

He was recalled to the starting line-up for the first time since West Ham’s loss to Wolves. In that game, Sanchez was at fault for Wolves’ 90th minute winner.

But he did not get the chance to redeem himself, coming off at 0-0 in West Ham’s 8-0 win last night.

 

The alternatives

If Sanchez is not fit for the Man United game, Pellegrini has some thinking to do.

The 32-year-old has only made the bench in the last two games. But with the new 4-3-3 system demanding three central midfielders, he is the only one in his position on the bench.

If he does not make Saturday’s game, Pellegrini may switch formation. Alternatively, he can use Pablo Zabaleta as the back-up central midfielder.

But he might choose to give Conor Coventry a spot on the bench after his debut last night.

Other injury news

There are no other fresh injury concerns for the Hammers ahead of Man United’s visit to The London Stadium.

But long-term absentees Andy Carroll, Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini remain out.

Marko Arnautovic could return to action, if he can shrug off his knee injury. Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez might be back from illness.

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