Marko Arnautovic: West Ham striker out until new year with hamstring injury

Marko Arnautovic in pain on the pitch
Marko Arnautovic was substituted before half-time against Cardiff

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out for a month with the hamstring injury he suffered in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Cardiff.

The Austria international will miss the Christmas period, although he could be available for the FA Cup third round tie against Birmingham in January.

The 29-year-old has scored five goals in 13 league appearances this season.

"We know how important Marko is for our team," said West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.

"We have too many players injured in a month that we have to play seven games and then in January, six more games.

"But I always have the same answer - we have a squad and it is a chance for another player to demonstrate why they are here."

West Ham take on Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday.

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