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Manuel Pellegrini urges West Ham stars to take forward march

MANUEL PELLEGRINI has challenged West Ham’s remaining forwards to step up to the plate after Marko Arnautovic was ruled out for a month.

The five-goal Austrian’s hamstring injury against Cardiff on Tuesday will keep him out until next month. Arnautovic is one of eight first-team stars on the treatment table, with Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell also out. Lucas Perez replaced Arnautovic and scored twice in the 3-1 win over Cardiff while Andy Carroll made a late cameo.

Boss Pellegrini said: ‘We know how important Marko is for our team. We have a squad and it is a chance for another player to demonstrate why they are here. The important thing is when they have the chance, they take the chance.’