West Ham have reportedly submitted a claim for compensation with the Football Association following Carlton Cole's groin injury sustained while on England duty.
The 25-year-old hit-man suffered the injury in England's recent 4-0 friendly victory over Slovakia at Wembley.
With Cole now requiring five weeks of rehabilitation before he returns to action, West Ham are hoping to win compensation via the FA's insurance cover.
Michael Owen's injury at the last World Cup led to a high-profile settlement with Newcastle, and West Ham believe they should be compensated for the loss of their star striker.
Cole's absence comes at a time when his club are chasing seventh place in the Premier League and a place in the Europa League that should come with it.
"It is frustrating if you consider that we now have Carlton Cole out as well as Valon Behrami and Jack Collison, plus Scott Parker is not at his best," said manager Gianfranco Zola.
"It is frustrating because they are important players for us. It is a crucial moment of the season. The whole season has been like that, always having something to deal with."