In the latest West Ham news, defenders Winston Reid and Sam Byram have seemingly been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

New Zealand international Reid sustained a knee injury during the first-half of the Hammers 4-1 defeat at Swansea last weekend and it now appears he will miss the rest of the campaign with the issue.

Full-back Byram was Reid’s replacement at the Liberty Stadium, but he sustained an ankle injury and is also expected to miss the rest of the season.

The duo’s prolonged absence will do nothing to help what is already a depleted Hammers defence, with James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna having missed the defeat at Swansea through injury and illness respectively, while Arthur Masuaku is still suspended.

Jose Fonte was also allowed to leave the club last month, which leaves boss David Moyes with something of a defensive crisis heading into the business end of the campaign.

The former Everton boss will be hoping to have some of his unavailable defenders back sooner rather than later, particularly as the Hammers have lost three of their last four games, conceding 11 goals during the process and they now sit just three points above the relegation zone.

Indeed, West Ham have the joint worst defensive record in the division alongside Stoke, as they have conceded 54 goals from their 29 games to date and if they don’t tighten up their back-line, they could well become serious relegation candidates.

The next few weeks could make or break the Hammers’ season, as they face back-to-back home games against Burnley and Southampton before the month is out, while another home clash against Stoke on April 16 could also be a defining fixture.

If West Ham fail to pick up a healthy number of points from those games then they could be in serious trouble, as they face the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City during the closing weeks of the season.