West Ham United full-back Carl Jenkinson is expected to miss the rest of the season with a “significant injury”, according to the Daily Mail.
The on-loan Arsenal defender limped off 12 minutes into Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday and may never play agin for the Hammers.
Jenkinson is in the midst of his second successive season-long loan spell at Upton Park but will return to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
New signing Sam Byram, who replaced Jenkinson against City, is seen as West Ham’s right-back of the future following his arrival from Leeds United.
“West Ham can confirm that Carl injured his left knee during the early stages of Saturday’s fixture,” said a statement on the club’s official website. “Unfortunately, it appears that Carl has suffered a significant injury and he will be assessed by a specialist in central London on Wednesday.”
Jenkinson first joined West Ham in July 2014 and has made a total of 59 appearances for the club, including 42 starts in the Premier League.
While the 23-year-old will not return to the Hammers again, it seems unlikely that he will be playing for parent club Arsenal next campaign either.
Mathieu Debuchy is already seeking a move away from the Gunners because Hector Bellerin has the right-back spot nailed down, while Calum Chambers can provide cover.
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