Curbs counts cost of injuries

08 April 2008 08:50
Frustrated West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has admitted the club's lengthy injury list is already having an effect on his plans for next season. Curbishley has been without last summer's major signings Kieron Dyer, Craig Bellamy and Julien Faubert for most of the season with long-term injuries. The Hammers boss has also seen his injury list stretch comfortably into double figures at times with the likes of Scott Parker, Lee Bowyer, Matthew Etherington, Bobby Zamora, Danny Gabbidon and James Collins all unavailable for lengthy periods. Curbishley has recently held talks with the club's new sporting director Gianluca Nani over plans for the summer, but has revealed his frustration at continuing injury crisis which has hampered him for much of the campaign. Speaking ahead of Tuesday's Premier League meeting with Portsmouth, he said: "There are five or six players out who don't yet have a return date and are in limbo. "We are trying to assess what we have got and where we need to go if we need to do some strengthening. "The injury list is incredible and, as a club, we need some of these to start clearing up so we know where we are. "It affects everything we are going to do. The injuries we have had are unprecedented. "I am not too sure at this moment where we are at."

Source: ESA