West Ham winger Gokhan Tore to have knee injury scanned
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 29/07/16 8:37am
West Ham winger Gokhan Tore requires a scan on his knee injury, after being hurt in training on Monday.
The Turkish winger, spending the season on loan from Besiktas, missed Thursday's 2-1 Europa League qualifying defeat to Slovenian side Domzale in Ljubljana.
He will be assessed on Friday but with Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini also out, assistant manager Nikola Jurcevic concedes the club's hand might be forced.
"Gokhan Tore was injured in training on Monday and he must have a scan," Jurcevic told West Ham's official. "He will have a scan on Friday and we hope it will not be serious.
"Maybe we will possibly do something in the transfer market because we need players in some positions, because Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are injured and cannot play for a long time.
"Next week (for the second leg against Domzale), Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins will be in training so we maybe will have some more players, or maybe we will have the same squad.
"Tore has hurt his knee, but we are not sure how serious, It was a very easy training, but after five minutes he felt some pain in his knee.
"With Lanzini, we don't have exact information. He will come back from America, where he wanted to play in the Olympic Games for Argentina.
"We don't know, but we think he will not be fit for the next game against Domzale."
West Ham must win their first game at the Olympic Stadium if they are to overturn the deficit againts Domzale and progress in the Europa League, and Jurcevic expects significant improvement from the team.
"Domzale were really good," he added. "Our performance was not so good and maybe I can say it was average in the first half and it was 1-1.
"We were not satisfied with this result and in the second half was played bad and Domzale was the better team and won 2-1.
"Okay, we were maybe not in our top form because it was our first game and we were without some very important players and only had young players on the bench but this is not an excuse.
"I am sure we will be better next week. It will be very difficult but I'm optimistic and I hope it will be a different game in the Olympic Stadium.
"It's a special game because it's the first game at the Olympic Stadium with about 54,000 spectactors.
"We must be better, we must win this game in our stadium because we also have big ambitions in Europe, but it will be very tough because Domzale showed they are a good team."