West Ham's Ryan Fredericks out for rest of 2018 with shin injury

Ryan Fredericks of West Ham United and Nacho Monreal of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Image: Ryan Fredericks joined West Ham on a free transfer over the summer

Ryan Fredericks will miss the rest of 2018 after sustaining an injury to his left fibula, Sky Sports News understands.

Right-back Fredericks suffered the injury shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on November 10.

The 26-year-old, who joined West Ham from Fulham on a free transfer in the summer, has already begun a course of rehabilitation with a view to returning early in 2019.

Fredericks has made six appearances since arriving at the London Stadium, scoring his first goal for West Ham in the 8-0 Carabao Cup victory over Macclesfield in September.

Brighton's English striker Glenn Murray (L) vies with West Ham United's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on October 5, 2018.
Image: Pablo Zabaleta has emerged as West Ham's first-choice right-back this season

Pablo Zabaleta has been preferred at right-back by manager Manuel Pellegrini for much of the season, but the injury to Fredericks leaves the 33-year-old Argentinian as West Ham's only recognised senior right-back.

Fredericks joins Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez on the sidelines.

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But West Ham will welcome back Mark Noble from suspension for the visit of Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, while Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are closing in on their returns from injury.

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