Bilic facing injury headache

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be facing a selection headache after defender Arthur Masuaku suffered a knee injury in their EFL Cup win over Accrington Stanley.

Masuaku was signed by Bilic in the summer from Greek giants Olympiacos after first-choice left-back Aaron Cresswell's injury ruled him out for the year, but now his replacement faces six weeks on the sidelines – with knee ligament damage.

The Hammers shipped eight goals in their last two Premier League fixtures and the £6million signing was given a torrid time by West Brom's Matt Phillips in their recent 4-2 loss.

However, his absence will surely be felt as Sam Byram or Alvaro Arbeloa will need to deputise in his absence as Bilic ponders a potential tactical switch-up as he will be left without a recognised left-back against Southampton on Saturday.

"Masuaku did his knee against Accrington, he damaged ligaments and we will know better in a week but it's going to be at least six weeks, if not more," Bilic told BT Sport.

"Some players can play in different positions, and you can fill gaps, but when you have two left-backs who have done the same ligaments it's not good news.

"But I'm not looking for excuses. But we have a good team and I expect us to do it on Sunday."

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