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Cheikhou Kouyate | Defensemen | #8

Team: West Ham United
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183

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While Michail Antonio is ready to return to action against Southampton, Saturday's fixture at the St Mary's Stadium has come too soon for midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and center forward Andy Carroll.
Though neither player will be fit for Week 2, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed the pair were back in full training this week and are in line to return to the squad at Newcastle next Saturday. Kouyate has been out since the start of the pre-season because of a knee problem, while Carroll has been working his way back from a hip injury that has sidelined him since April. This means Mark Noble and Perdo Obiang are expected to start as defensive midfielders, with Javier Hernandez to hold his place upfront against Southampton. Said Bilic on Thursday: "We will have Mikey back 100 per cent for this game [at Southampton], but for Cheikhou and for Andy, it’s a bit too early, I think." Aug 17 - 2:38 PM