West Ham manager Alan Curbishley was left fuming after recent signing Kieron Dyer suffered a broken leg during West Ham’s Carling Cup victory over Bristol Rovers.
Dyer, 28, suffered a double fracture to his lower leg during Tuesday’s tie and Curbishley
has accused Bristol Rovers’ Joe Jacobson of “lashing out” at his player.
Curbishley said: “We’re devastated for Kieron. I can’t put it into words. The game was just immaterial after that.
“The player has got to be disappointed with his tackle. As far as I could see, he lashed out after losing the ball.
“The players could see what happened and that’s why they were so angry.
“Everyone in the dressing-room is really flat but we’ve got to get over this.
“The game was irrelevant after Kieron’s injury. I’m really down because he was looking sharp out there, playing in his favourite position in the middle of the park.”
A club statement said: “Kieron was stretchered off the pitch and rushed to hospital where it was confirmed he had fractured both the tibia and fibula of his right leg.
“It is too early to say how long he will be out for as this will become clearer once the first stage of surgery is completed.”