West Ham's Ryan Fredericks out until February with hamstring strain

Ryan Fredericks surprisingly did not start the 3-2 defeat to Newcastle
Image: Ryan Fredericks came off injured in West Ham's FA Cup win at Gillingham on Sunday

West Ham full-back Ryan Fredericks has been ruled out until February with a hamstring strain.

The 27-year-old came off injured just before half-time in the Hammers' 2-0 FA Cup third-round win at Gillingham on Sunday evening, with opening goalscorer Pablo Zabaleta replacing him.

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A scan has revealed a small amount of damage to the muscle in Fredericks' right leg and he has already begun his recovery work.

West Ham's head of medical, Richard Collinge, said: "Ryan injured his hamstring while chasing back late in the first half and was assessed immediately before undergoing a scan.

"He will now begin a period of rehabilitation and recovery, with the plan being to return to action before the end of February."

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