Winston Reid became the latest addition to West Ham's growing injury list when he dislocated his shoulder in the opening minutes of Tuesday's match against Bristol City.
With so many players now out of contention Sam Allardyce has said he will be searching the loan market for a replacement between now and 25th November when the emergency loan market closes.
Reid is set to be out for a minimum of 4-5 weeks but it will be longer if an operation or pinning is needed. This comes as a blow to the Hammers as the 23 year-old has stood out this season, most notably against Brighton when he was invaluable in shutting down the Seagulls' persistent attacks. Reid is optimistic though, telling fans on Twitter that the initial signs are good and he's hoping for a speedy recovery.
John Carew was absent from Tuesday's game due to a knee injury that is still being assessed. Matt Taylor, Guy Demel and Gary O'Neil are the other players currently on the injury list.
Allardyce has already recalled striker Robert Hall from his loan spell at Oxford United and is hopeful that some of the injured players, such as Matt Taylor, will be available for selection following the international break that will begin after the Hull game on Saturday.
Despite their injury woes West Ham are marginal front-runners to take 3 points away from Hull on Saturday with best odds of 2.63 at Boylesports. The Tigers are at 3.0 with Bet365 to win the game while Skybet are offering best odds of 3.3 for a draw.