Lukasz Fabianaksi will only miss two weeks of action after the injury he picked up at the weekend turned out to be less severe than first feared.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United walks off the pitch after becoming injured during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and West Ham United at Bramall Lane on January 10, 2020 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United walks off the pitch after becoming injured during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and West Ham United at Bramall Lane on January 10, 2020 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The former Arsenal shot stopper looked crestfallen as he felt the muscle ping

Fabianski had only just returned from a three-month spell on the sidelines that saw West Ham lose eight of the 11 league games he missed and bring in a new keeper because his back-up was so bad.

He lay on the ground, arm across his face and you knew he feared the worst once again. This is, after all, a man who has seen injury disrupt his career more than once, including when he was establishing himself at Arsenal as the club’s number one.

Thankfully, his scan showed only minimal inflammation.

“It is good news in the sense that Lukasz hasn’t aggravated or suffered any recurrence of the previous injury,” Richard Collinge, Head of Medical at West Ham said.

“The scan has showed some slight inflammation and irritation of scar tissue, which is quite common after surgery, and obviously the source of the discomfort he felt on Friday.

“We now just need to let the inflammation settle down and expect Lukasz to be available again within a couple of weeks.”

West Ham still intend to sign Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough on a £4m deal as backup but Randoplh ran into problems during his own medical and had to have a second on Monday night.

They are believed to be lining up Cardiff’s Neil Etheridge should Randolph fail to prove his fitness to their satisfaction.

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