West Ham ready to overhaul fitness staff

West Ham are set to make major changes in the rehabilitation and treatment of injured players following their horrendous casualty list this season.

Defender Anton Ferdinand was the latest in a long line of injuries, having to leave the field against Bolton after just two minutes with a hamstring injury which is likely to end his season.

The West Ham board are known to be concerned not only by the length of the injury list, which has been in double figures for much of the season, but more significantly by the amount of time it has taken players to recover.

"That side of the club is already being looked at and we have to make sure it doesn't happen again," said a spokesman.