West Ham dealt blow by broken Nolan toe

The Hammers skipper is facing the prospect of a lengthy spell of the sidelines after it was confirmed that he had suffered the injury in Monday's defeat to Tottenham
West Ham are set to be without Kevin Nolan for several weeks, after it was confirmed that the captain broke his toe in a challenge with Tottenham's Mousa Dembele.

Speaking before the results of the injury were confirmed, assistant manager Neil McDonald admitted that the midfielder has been suffering from a long-standing problem in that area, meaning the latest setback will have to be treated very delicately.

"He's had problems in the past with it, all season really," Sam Allardyce's No.2 told reporters, "and he got a real good kick on it.

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"He has had problems with his foot all season and he has been playing through the pain barrier. It's probably worse than it has been with him having the kick right on it."

With just one win in their last seven league games, the Hammers are now just six points clear of the drop-zone but McDonald insists that the team are not looking anxiously over their shoulders.

"We've always looked up the table this season and we've always tried to get into the top 10 and, with a good result on Saturday, we can push ourselves a little bit closer to that," he observed.

"I think the away form hasn't been as good as we'd have liked. Our home form has been really, really good, even though we've lost a couple.

"We have to address that; we've got to be a little tighter and a bit more physical away from home and make sure we try and keep a clean sheet. If we can do that, that gives us a good chance to get back to winning ways on our travels."