By Will Butcher

West Ham co-owner David Gold has claimed that the current spate of injuries in the Hammers squad is the worst he’s seen during his time in football.

This comes after the East London-based side were forced to replace attacking spearhead Andy Carroll for Sunday’s match against Bournemouth after he was ruled out with a knee injury.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme ahead of the Hammers first home game of the Premier League season against Bournemouth, Gold said he was devastated at the list of injuries to first-team players and it is something that needs to change.

“I’ve been in football for 23 years and never have I been in a situation where we’ve had so many first team injuries at the same time,” Gold told Sky Sports.

“It’s very depressing but we have to pick ourselves up. Seven or eight first team players are out. Without the likes of Lanzini, Payet and now Carroll we aren’t the same team.”

The 27-year-old target man was ruled out until October after picking up the injury during the Hammers’ Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu.

It’s another major setback for the Hammers who lost new £20million signing Andre Ayew for a reported four months, following an injury during the first half of the Hammers’ 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

First-team stars Manuel Lanzini, Aaron Cresswell and Sofiane Feghouli have also been ruled out with long-term injuries, leaving Slaven Bilic’s squad thin.

“Two injuries are very long term,” Gold said. “It’s something we need to look at. I was very excited until I saw today’s team sheet, but that’s football.”

The Hammers have been in the market for a number of players, with moves for attacking duo Simone Zaza and Wilfried Bony reportedly on the horizon.

In other West Ham team news, this striker’s father would welcome a move to East London for his son.