West Ham United will be without strikers Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez for their daunting Premier League trip to face Manchester City on Sunday evening.
Manager David Moyes also confirmed that vice-captain Winston Reid will face a late fitness test after limping out of the 4-0 defeat to Everton in midweek with a suspected hamstring problem.
“Andy Carroll’s not back yet and Chicharito [Hernandez] is not back yet,” the Scot told his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We’ve got a few missing just now. It’s the same at all other clubs.
“Winston Reid; we will check him out [on Saturday].
“Jose Fonte is a long-term injury. It’s a couple of months before he’s back in the fold.”
Hernandez has been out of action since pulling his hamstring whilst on international duty with Mexico last month.
It means that Moyes has been unable to use the former Manchester United star in his three matches in charge since taking over from Slaven Bilic.
Meanwhile, Carroll picked up a knock to his knee in training and missed the loss at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Fonte is sidelined until the new year with a foot problem suffered in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace at the end of October.
Another area in which Moyes must make changes on Sunday is in goal, with loanee Joe Hart ineligible to play against his parent club.
Spaniard Adrian will come into the side for his first league appearance of the season, with his only outings to date coming in the Hammers’ run to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
City are the runaway leaders in the Premier League and the challenge for West Ham this weekend could hardly have been greater, particularly coming off the back of the result at Everton.
Moyes’s men must show more organisation and resilience on Sunday if they are to have even a slim chance of taking anything away from the Etihad Stadium.