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Sam Allardyce reveals extent of Alou Diarra's injury and confirms Ricardo Vaz Te will be allowed to leave West Ham United if 'right offer' received
11:22am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
Sam Allardyce has confirmed Alou Diarra is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury in the Capital One Cup victory over Cheltenham Town.
The French international was replaced in the 34th minute of Tuesday night’s 2-1 win and Allardyce has revealed the midfielder now faces anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Stoke City, Allardyce told West Ham’s official website: “The injury is more serious than we expected and it’s ACL reconstruction it looks like, so that will almost certainly finish’s Alou’s season.
“It’s a big blow to us in squad season, he was hoping to force his way into the side this season but obviously after that injury that now won’t be the case.”
Asked if Diarra’s injury affected his thinking ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline day, Allardyce replied: “Like I said, at the moment funds are the restriction in the new rules and regulations and our funds are almost, if not to the limit.
“Having spoken to (joint chairman) David Sullivan, unless it’s a really good deal and it’s on loan then that might be a possibility, but anything other than that and we will find it difficult to do.”
Allardyce also said wantaway striker Ricardo Vaz Te will be allowed to leave if the Hammers receive the “right offer” for the player.
The forward has handed in a transfer request at the Boleyn Ground and his current manager said: “He might leave now, if anybody’s going to leave now it would be Vaz. You don’t keep anybody that doesn’t want to stay.
“If a club comes and makes the right offer for him then we would be more than happy to accommodate the transfer request he’s given us.”