To say that West Ham have been blighted by injuries this season would be a gross understatement of just how bad the problems in east London have been for Manuel Pellegrini.
Every club can expect to see one major injury and a handful more minor ones throughout the season but the Hammers have had to endure numerous long term layoffs, not to mention the regular niggles here and there.
Perhaps the most unfortunate case this year has been that of Andy Carroll, who was ruled out on the eve of the season due to surgery on an issue suffered in the summer, before seeing his return to action cut short with another problem, this time ending his season and likely his West Ham career.
With Carroll one of a number of strikers facing the exit door, Lucas Perez – another to have suffered serious problems all campaign – looking likely to depart after just a year at the club, new recruits are a must – and it seems they could be looking at Liverpool for the answer.
The Daily Mail claim that the Irons have talked about the potential of bringing Daniel Sturridge to the capital this summer but considering how injury prone he has been throughout his career, surely this is just Pellegrini asking for trouble.
Not only has he been sidelined for plenty of his time at Anfield, but his record is also nothing to shout about – there is of course a reason he has only started six of the 24 games he has played.
It is not only the pressure of playing for a huge club which is the problem, the 26-cap England international struggling at West Brom last season – his loan spell plagued by, you guessed it, injury.
West Ham cannot afford to be having the same problems again next season – signing Sturridge is just asking for more trouble.