Carl Jenkinson is set to return to his parent club on Wednesday after suffering an injury which could see him miss the rest of the season.
The right-back, on loan at West Ham for a second season in a row, will see a specialist later this week ahead of what could be a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Jenkinson suffered the knee problem during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City where he was withdrawn in the first half, moments after conceding a penalty to Sergio Aguero.
According to reports, the 23-year-old will return to Arsenal for his rehabilitation and subsequent treatment at London Colney as West Ham confirmed his injury this morning.
“West Ham United can confirm that Carl Jenkinson injured his left knee during the early stages of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Manchester City,” a statement from the Hammers read.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Carl has suffered a significant injury and he will be assessed by a specialist in central London on Wednesday.
“A further update will be provided when the full extent of the injury has been confirmed.”
The news of Jenkinson’s severe injury has been welcomed by much of the West Ham faithful who have been critical of the youngster’s performances this season, abusing him on Twitter during the weekend.