Venables bemoans injury crisis
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Centre half Dominic Matteo is likely to be out for a month after damaging his hamstring against The Hammers, whilst Eirik Bakke was forced off with a twisted ankle.
Venables was without Lucas Radebe, Alan Smith and Harry Kewell during Saturday's 1-0 win, though he did have Nick Barmby back on the bench following an Achilles injury.
"The injury situation is a real worry because we have seen the lads pick up serious knocks," said Venables. "We are now a bit short on numbers.
"Bravo picked up a knock in the first minute while Matteo and Bakke went down at the end there.
"We have got a lot of difficult games still to come this season. However, if we can play well and get our confidence up - with one or two players back fit - then that will help us through."
The Whites boss should have Smith and Kewell back for the FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday, though it is unknown what back-line the former England coach will have at his disposal.