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Allardyce fears injury crisis will hit West Ham survival hopes

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits their injury crisis is threatening their survival battle.

The Hammers suffered a comprehensive 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, however more worrying lost winger Stewart Downing and defender James Tomkins to injury and Kevin Nolan to suspension after he saw red for a poor challenge on Jordan Henderson.

"We're in a difficult position, one because of the league position and one because of the number of players we've got available," Allardyce told the club's official website.

"So to have two more unavailable is a big problem for me.

"I think Kevin's red card was borne out of frustration. He's experienced enough and it's unlike him to do that type of thing.

"Obviously he did and he got himself a red."

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