New Hammers blow: Neill damages ligaments

February 11, 2007

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Lucas Neill's injury-hit start to his West Ham United career continued when the Australia captain damaged knee ligaments against Watford on Saturday.

'He has twisted his medial ligaments,' West Ham manager Alan Curbishley told Sky Sports after the 1-0 defeat by their Premier League relegation rivals at Upton Park.

The 28-year-old defender, who now faces several weeks on the sidelines, also hobbled off on his West Ham debut in the FA Cup fourth-round loss to Watford two weeks ago.

He joined the east London club from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee last month.