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West Ham’s injuries pile up as Ricardo Vaz Te suffers dislocated shoulder

Oct 28, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

West Ham United's Vaz Te leaves the field with an injury during English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, Reuters

West Ham’s in-form attacker Ricardo Vaz Te faces an unknown amount of time off the pitch after dislocating his shoulder in the 0-0 draw with Swansea on Saturday.

The 27-year-old was substituted in the first half, and was seen holding his arm as he headed down the tunnel.

There was no official timetable released by West Ham, but the Portugese frontman suffered a similar injury last year that required surgery and kept him out of action for three months.

It’s yet another injury to an attacker at West Ham, with Sam Allardyce already missing Andy Carroll (foot) and James Collins (hamstring).

Because of the injury pileup, Allardyce was forced into resigning Carlton Cole two weeks ago, and now with Vaz Te out he may get his first start of the season soon.

The biggest miss for the Hammers has no doubt been Carroll, who has not played yet this season and remains weeks away from a return thanks to torn tendons in his right heel.

Carroll injured the foot in both the last game of the previous season as well as in his first day back in training this summer.

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