Player News - West Ham United

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West Ham's defensive injury crisis has only gotten worse with the news that Havard Nordtveit won't be available this weekend.

While Aaron Cresswell and his replacement Arthur Masuaku recover from knee injuries, Nordtveit has been ruled out just for the week after undergoing an unspecified operation, meaning he will miss the club's weekend match with Middlesbrough. Nordtveit has started the last two matches at right-back, but Sam Byram is expected to return to the lineup while James Collins is also waiting in the wings with Alvaro Arbeloa having received his first start for the club at left-back last week.
Sep 29 - 8:02 AM

Andy Carroll has posted an update via Twitter to deny media reports that has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee ligament injury.

News broke on Tuesday that Carroll would not return until late-October although the 27-year-old was quick to dispel any notion that his rehab was not going as intended: ‘My recovery is going great this was a 6-8 week injury so everything is going to plan!! #NoSetback.’ Call it what you will, but with Carroll unlikely to be back before the international break, his return to action is certainly taking a lot longer than the "4-6 weeks" originally anticipated by the club. On a more positive note, Diafra Sakho is closing in on a comeback after stepping up his fitness. Meanwhile, Andre Ayew is also ahead of schedule but West Ham’s problems do not lie in attack; defensively the Hammers need to address major problems which has seen Slaven Bilic’s side ship 11-goals in three Premier League matches.
Source: The Sun
Sep 21 - 5:45 AM

West Ham may have a crisis on its hands with the club's third-straight blowout loss by two goals in a 4-2 defeat to West Brom.

West Ham struggled to contain a Wesr Brom attack, most notably Nacer Chadli with his two goals and two assists, that scored more on Saturday than it has in all four games entering the day. Before the Hammers could even notch one goal, the lead was already an insurmountable 4-0 in the 61st minute. It was Michail Antonio once again for West Ham, heading in his fifth goal for the club while Manuel Lanzini added a second soon after. However, the club has been outscored 11-5 in its last three matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 12:21 PM

Michail Antonio scored two goals in the first half but West Ham failed to hold their lead and eventually fell to Watford, 4-2.

Antonio, who scored for the third consecutive match, combined with Dimitri Payet to give the Hammers what appeared a comfortable early lead. Payet was the provider on both goals, whipping in a corner on the first and delivering an exquisite rabona cross on the second. Antonio once again was strong in the air as both his goals came off his head. The duo looked to have put West Ham in the drivers seat with a 2-0 goal lead, however, Watford would go on to score twice before the interval and add two more in the second half. Although Antonio and Payet did put together strong performance, it was an overall bad result for West Ham considering they squandered an early lead and conceded four unanswered goals.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 1:20 PM

Slaven Bilic has optimistically backed Payet to make his first start of the season when West Ham face Watford on Saturday.

"He's going to definitely be in the squad," the Croatian boss said, "I'm expecting him to be fit and ready and, if he is, he is going to start the game." Signs are trending positively towards him being in the starting XI after Payet played 45 minutes for France against Italy, and then 35 minutes against Belarus during the international break. Throughout last season Payet was an elite midfielder in all formats of fantasy, so expect a strong performance if he's in the starting XI .
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 8 - 5:04 PM

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell told the club website that he is on track in his recovery from a preseason knee injury.

The 26-year-old suffered ligament damage to his knee in the preseason that is expected to rule him out until the end of November. Six weeks into his recovery, the left-back said he has experienced no setbacks: "I’m on the right track. The main thing is that the knee is healing properly and that I don’t rush back and have to start again... I’ve seen a specialist and he’s happy with the way things are working out and I’m certainly happy. No matter if it’s a couple of weeks or however long it is, it’s about getting it right." The club signed Arthur Masuaku and Alvaro Arbeloa as cover until Cresswell returns.
Sep 2 - 5:24 PM

West Ham has confirmed defender Alvaro Arbeloa as its only deadline day signing with the Spaniard joining on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old was not re-signed by Real Madrid this summer after spending the last six seasons with Los Galacticos. During this time, after spending two-and-a-half years at Liverpool, Arbeloa won nearly everything there is to win in world football: a domestic title and cup, UEFA Champions League, a World Cup and two European championships. Said the Spanish international: "For me, this is a great chance to be back in England and in the Premier League, which is a fantastic league and I want to put myself here again. This is a big Club and a great Club with fantastic players and a great coach."
Aug 31 - 5:30 PM

West Ham has confirmed 19-year-old defender Reece Burke has joined Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on loan.

The loan deal, which lasts through the end of the Championship season, comes less than a week after Burke signed a four-year contract to keep him at the club through the 2020 season. The central defender started the club's first leg of the Europa League qualifying playoff against Astra Giurgiu two weeks ago. Burke was named Bradford City's player of the year last season after being loaned to the League One side.
Aug 31 - 12:17 PM

Reports are emerging that World Cup and double European Championship winning right back Alvaro Arbeloa is to sign for West Ham on a free transfer.

The former Liverpool man is understood to be in London to sign a one year deal after leaving Real Madrid in the summer. Bringing in a mentor to Byram will aid his development but crucially this should allow Michail Antonio to be deployed further forward more often or even permanently. He is not currently viewed as a starting option. Arbeloa appeared 9 times for the Galacticos last term, with two of those games being in the Champions League, which he won for the second time in three years with the club.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 10:30 AM

West Ham finalized its summer transfer business with the signing of Juventus forward Simone Zaza on a season-long loan.

Following injuries to Andy Carroll and club-record summer signing Andre Ayew, the Hammers moved quickly to find a replacement in the 25-year-old Zaza. The club confirmed a €5 million loan fee while the deal becomes permanent for a fee of €20 million if the forward makes a certain number of Premier League appearances. Said Zaza: I wanted to start a new experience and I feel this is the right choice for me. I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new Stadium with a different shirt. It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the Club.
Aug 30 - 5:04 AM

Michail Antonio scored for the second straight match but West Ham failed in their bid to comeback from a two goal deficit and eventually fell to Manchester City, 3-1.

Between the class of Manchester City and the lack of firepower for the Hammers due to injury it was a completely one-sided affair in the first half with the Citizens dominating in every way. They built an early two-goal lead and looked primed to run away with the match convincingly. However, City took the foot off of the gas during the second half and allowed West Ham to get back in the game in the 58th minute, when Antonio headed home from an Arthur Masuaku cross. City were able to hang on though, and added another goal in stoppage time to put the game to bed. The Hammers will look forward to the upcoming international break in the hopes that they can get some players healthy over the next two weeks.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 28 - 1:08 PM

Following a specialist consultation, West Ham have confirmed that Andre Ayew does not require surgery to repair a thigh muscle tear.

Ayew was said to have suffered a "rare" and "very serious" thigh injury at Chelsea on his debut and initial reports indicated that the record buy from Swansea would be out for the remainder of the calendar year. But it now looks like Ayew could be back sooner after Stijn Vandenbroucke [Head of Medical and Sports Science] confirmed: "Andre will not have surgery and we have started the rehab straight away, working two times a day. Andre is a highly professional athlete with a positive attitude that no doubt will affect the return to play date. It is early to put a time-line on the rehab, but we are positive to reintroduce him in December." With Andy Carroll [knee] expected to miss 4-6 weeks and Diafra Sakho still recovering from a back problem, Slaven Bilic may consider reinforcements and has admitted that Wilfried Bony [on-loan] remains an "option."
Aug 24 - 8:18 AM

An injury ravaged West Ham United side held out to take all three-points in a 1-0 win over ten man Bournemouth at the London Stadium on Sunday.

It’s been a tough seven days for Slaven Bilic, whose squad has been decimated in recent weeks following the loss of key players to injury. After tests confirmed record signing Andre Ayew could miss up-to four months after suffering a serious thigh injury [just 30 minutes into his debut], Bilic also revealed that star man Dimitri Payet had been ruled out of the first home Premier League game having sustained a knock during the warm-up at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Add to that, the loss of Diafra Sakho [back] and Feghouli [hamstring] and the Hammers were already lacking attacking options before news of a knee injury to Andy Carroll. "I’m optimistic it will be only four weeks with Andy. It's nothing major. I’d sign a contract and accept four, six weeks out now," said Bilic.
Aug 21 - 5:16 PM

Michail Antonio moved up the formation in the absence of Dimitri Payet and scored the only goal of the match as the Hammers beat Bournemouth 1-0 to open their new home at the former Olympic Stadium.

It wasn't an incredibly entertaining match for large stretches but Antonio was clearly a cut above for most of the match. Whether it was dribbling around defenders, holding them off with his back to goal or flashing his speed on gut-busting runs, he was consistently in the middle of what little action there was. He was eventually rewarded as he came on to a Gokhan Tore cross for a thundering header from close range to give the Hammers a victory in their first Premier League match in their new home stadium.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 21 - 1:17 PM

West Ham have been dealt a huge blow as a scan revealed forward Andre Ayew will need surgery after limping off with a thigh injury in the first half of the club's lose to Chelsea on Monday.

Club doctor Stijn Vandenbroucke said: "He has suffered a significant injury and it is imperative that we do not rush to conclusions and we receive the correct diagnosis by consulting top specialists. At this time, it is too early to put a timeframe on his potential return date but Andre is facing a significant rehabilitation period." This is a massive blow for manager Slaven Bilic, who originally believed his new signing would be out for only few weeks. In Ayew's absence Andy Carroll will be asked to carry the scoring load, while Jonathan Calleri, who joined on a season-long loan Monday, maybe forced into action sooner than expected.
Source: The Mirror
Aug 18 - 7:46 PM



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