West Ham’s Sakho will miss African Cup due to back injury


West Ham's Diafra Sakho, left, celebrates with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, in late November. (Rui Vieira/AP)

LONDON — West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Senegal striker Diafra Sakho will not be fit for the African Cup of Nations because of a back injury that will rule him out for six to eight weeks.

The tournament runs from Jan. 14-Feb. 5 in Gabon.

Bilic said Thursday: "we are talking about even March to be back, so he’s definitely ruled out of the African Nations Cup."

Sakho has only played two games this season, scoring one goal.

It is the latest injury blow to Bilic, who has been short of strikers this season with Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew also having long periods out.

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