Slaven Bilic suffered massively from injuries last season and it looks as though this bad luck is set to continue into this season.

According to reports, West Ham will play their first pre-season game against Strum Gratz II tomorrow without four first-team players.

All four players suffered from multiple injuries last season. It is understood that Bilic wants to allow the players to fully heal to ensure they do not make their current injuries worse.

The Hammers have a busy pre-season schedule with games against Fulham and Manchester City on the horizon.

West Ham are also set to face German side Werder Bremen in a double header with the Betway Cup at stake. The two teams will face each other twice over two days with the aggregate score deciding the winner.

The club want the whole squad available for the opening game of the season against Manchester United and this explains their absence from the squad for Monday’s game.