West Ham’s James Tomkins has surgery on his injured shoulder

West Ham have confirmed defender James Tomkins has had surgery on his shoulder, and should return to action before the end of the current season. The 25-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder after a fall in training, but could play a part in the final few games, reports BBC Sport.

Tomkins will be a loss to the backline, as he’d previously formed a formidable partnership with Winston Reid. But now manager Sam Allardyce will have to just utilise what players he does have at his disposal at centre-back, as the England defender isn’t expected to be back until late April.

The timing could hardly be worse for the Londoners, as their form has gone to pieces in the last couple of months. West Ham have picked up only one win in the Premier League since mid-December, which has seen United slip down the table into 10th. They are holding on to their top-half position in the league by the skin of their teeth, so the loss of Tomkins won’t help matters.

West Ham’s head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, said the defender will begin his rehab and could return before the season comes to a close.

“We will now start his rehabilitation, with a view to him returning to fitness before the end of the season.”

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