West Ham thought they had boosted their back line by adding Arsenal backup Carl Jenkinson, but things haven’t panned out that way early on.
Jenkinson picked up a hamstring injury after 60 minutes of play, but that came after conceding a penalty in the team’s eventualy 2-0 loss to Malaga.
The 22-year-old right-back is the latest in a vicious flurry of injuries that have blighted West Ham’s preseason.
“Jenko has gone down with a slight hamstring and Guy Demel isn’t here and big AC [Andy Carroll] is injured,” said midfielder Mark Noble. “I don’t even think he [manager Sam Allardyce] knows his starting XI at the minute what with players coming in, players being injured and players not being quite fit yet.”
In addition to Jenkinson, fellow right-back Demel is also nursing an injured hamstring, Carroll is out for four months after ankle surgery, and new striker Enner Valencia is reportedly unable to go in their Premier League opener against Tottenham in two weeks.
Arsene Wenger sent Jenkinson on loan to Upton Park after signing both Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers in the summer transfer window.
Before he was forced off, Jenkinson had brought down Luis Alberto in the box in the 29th minute after the Malaga striker embarrassed the defender with a nutmeg, forcing Jenkinson to body block his man.
He lasted another 30 minutes before stretching too far on a midfield challenge, limping off the field.