Stoke remain 19th in the table, five points adrift of safety with four matches remaining, one of which is against Champions League semi-finalists Liverpool at Anfield, while West Ham - who saw three goals ruled out - are seven clear of the drop zone.
"It is a blow because we were close to winning", Stoke manager Paul Lambert said.
"We know how good he can be and what he can bring to us so the sooner we get him back, the better". "We'e playing well, we have an incredible support behind us, and I'm pretty sure come Sunday, there won't be many stadiums rocking the way ours can rock".
"We were very good with some very good moments". "But we're well in the fight and the supporters are behind us".
"If we keep playing like that - I've kept saying before - we will win games".
I've never thought about relegation.
After a crucial home win over Southampton and a well-earned point at Chelsea, David Moyes' West Ham side were in confident mood and could have broken the deadlock after 55 minutes when former Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic directed a powerful header past Butland but was adjudged to be in an offside position. Up until then we hadn't been threatened a whole lot. I got him to run and close things down, and show that he really had that capability.
He told Sky Sports: "I thought we played well throughout, of course [Peter] Crouch comes on and scores". We just didn't have a little bit of something different up front tonight. "Regardless of how we do it, we have to get a win but we certainly will drag teams into it".
"I'm pleased we have got people off the bench who can make a difference - we've not always had the depth this season. We don't need to put any extra pressure on ourselves". No one is seriously asking Gareth Southgate to include Andy Carroll or Peter Crouch in his World Cup squad and yet is there anything more traditionally English than the sight of both of them giving their struggling teams a lifeline?