West Ham will again be without star striker Diafra Sakho this weekend for their clash with Sunderland.

The Senegalese international striker has been out of action for nearly four months with a thigh injured suffered whilst taking a shot in the 1-1 home draw with West Brom.

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A mid-February return was initially earmarked by the West Ham medical team back when the injury was first sustained, but the club had claimed on several occasions that Sakho was ahead of schedule, and has been undergoing one-on-one training sessions, as caught on twitter by fans taking stadium tours.

Sakho returned to full first-team training along with Winston Reid, but Co-Owner David Gold has confirmed that he will miss the visit of Sunderland on Saturday.

He states that Sakho is “close” to a return to action, as he has an outside chance of making the squad for the Tottenham game on March 2nd.

In his absence, Emmanuel Emenike and Enner Valencia have both scored goals, but with the latter injured, Emenike is expected to lead the line again this weekend off the back of his two-goal performance against Blackburn.