By Danny Wright

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed on Thursday that Diafra Sakho will miss the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old has been making steady progress towards recovering from a back injury that has kept him sidelined for most of the campaign.

However the Hammers striker has received a shattering blow in his rehabilitation efforts and will now end the season having played just 181 minutes’ worth of first-team football.

Injury expert Ben Dinnery reported on his personal Twitter account that Bilic said: “Diafra Sakho has suffered another ‘serious’ injury setback which will rule him out for the rest of the season.”

The former Metz striker has played just four times for the Hammers this season, scoring one goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in November.

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He featured two times in April as the worst of his back injury appeared to be over but was left out of the squad that drew 0-0 with Stoke last week.

Fortunately for West Ham, Bilic also confirmed on Thursday that Andy Carroll will return to training ahead of his side’s clash with Tottenham on Friday night.

The Hammers have had their season scuppered by a number of injuries to first-team players but Sakho has been the worst hit of the bunch thanks to his back and hamstring problems.

The six-times Senegal international has made 54 appearances for the Irons, scoring 20 goals since he moved from French club Metz in 2014.

In other West Ham news, Jose Fonte has fired a warning at Tottenham ahead of Friday’s clash.

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