West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet is sidelined for three months after injuring his left ankle in his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Saturday.
The 28-year-old had the injury following a challenge with Everton’s James McCarthy during the first half of the game.
The French international has been instrumental in Slavan Bilic’s set-up in the English Premier League this season with some splendid performances.
The statement read on the club’s official site read: “West Ham United can confirm that midfielder Payet suffered an injury to his left ankle during Saturday’s game with Everton,” the club said in a statement on Monday.
“The France international had a scan on Sunday and after a consultation with a specialist on Monday, it is likely that he will be ruled out of action for three months.
“Payet picked up the injury following a collision with Everton midfielder James McCarthy and was forced to leave the field early in the second half.
“Meanwhile, Enner Valencia’s ankle injury will be assessed by a specialist early next week and West Ham will bring a further update on his fitness then.”
Payet made a £10.7m move from Olympique de Marseille in the just summer transfer window and has recorded five goals in 14 appearances in all competitions.