Player News - West Ham United

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West Ham will be without defender James Collins for Friday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 34-year-old has missed the last three matches after he suffered an ankle injury during a goalless draw with West Brom in mid-Sept. His absence on Friday should see Winston Reid and Jose Fonte continue at center-back, while Angelo Ogbonna will be available off the substitute's bench. However, manager Slaven Bilic suggested in his pre-match press conference the Wales international and striker Diafra Sakho could both be back for next Wednesday's Carabao Cup match against Tottenham. "James Collins is out for a matter of days and Sakho has back pain," said Bilic. "They could both be back for the Spurs game."
Oct 20 - 1:13 PM

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic confirmed that forward Javier Hernandez is expected to be fit for Friday's clash with Brighton.

It looked as though West Ham could be facing a striker crisis with Andy Carroll suspended due to a red card last week and Diafra Sakho ruled out with injury. But Chicharito trained on the eve of Friday night's match despite doubts over a minor hamstring problem and is expected to be fit. Said Bilic: "He trained and felt a little bit of a tight hamstring, so we scanned it which was important, and the scan was completely clear. He missed Wednesday’s light session and we expect him to train today and, based on his feeling, to be OK."
Oct 19 - 8:56 PM

Andy Carroll is set to be fined by West Ham after he was sent off following successive booking in as many minutes in the 1-1 draw at Burnley on Saturday.

The striker picked up two bookings inside 99 seconds at Turf Moor, both for leaping and leading with his elbows on center-backs James Tarkowksi and Ben Mee, forcing the Hammers to play with ten men for most of the match. Carroll will be docked a five-figure fine by West Ham, as it is club policy to fine players who are sent off, and miss next weekend's match against Brighton & Hove Albion. Javier Hernandez will lead the line against Brighton, with Diafra Sakho the likely option off the bench. However, Carroll is lucky to have avoid a longer ban, especially considering he could have been issued a straight red for his second booking. "For a player of Andy’s experience and everything, basically you can’t do that," said manager Slaven Bilic after the match. "The first one can happen but the second one cannot happen, especially when you play away, then you are asking for trouble and it was just an unbelievably bad decision to even go there."
Oct 16 - 12:07 PM

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic looks set to have almost his whole squad available for Saturday's trip to Burnley with Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes in contention to return from injury.

Obiang has missed the last two matches with a muscle problem he suffered at West Brom in mid-September while Fernandes hasn't featured since August due to ankle injury. However, the midfield pair are expected to be available for this weekend after using the international break to recover and build their fitness. Obiang was in fine form prior to his injury and could resume his partnership with Cheikhou Kouyate in central-midfield if fully fit, which would come at the expense of Mark Noble. Fernandes on the other hand will likely have to settle for a place on the substitute's bench.
Oct 11 - 8:14 PM

West Ham are hopeful the international break will provide Manuel Lanzini enough time to raise his fitness levels ahead of next Saturday's match at Burnley.

The 26-year-old played in the 1-0 win against Swansea City last weekend, but was not match fit and subsequently limited to a brief 27 minute cameo. Lanzini, who was not selected for the Argentine national squad for the international break, will work one-on-one with West Ham's medical staff over the next 10 days as he continues to rehab from a knee injury suffered in pre-season. West Ham's Head of Medical Services Gary Lewin told whufc.com: "Manuel Lanzini has only recently returned from injury and will do extra work to raise his fitness levels ahead of the Burnley game." Should Lanzini come through his recovery efforts unscathed, then the Argentine playmaker could be in line for his first start of the Premier League season.
Oct 5 - 9:17 PM

West Ham climbed out of the bottom three on Saturday after Diafra Sakho's late-minute goal lifted them over Swansea City 1-0 at the London Stadium.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic went into this weekend in dire need of a positive result, having seen his side taste victory just once through six matches. The Hammers went close to opening the scoring early on, but Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski rose to the occasion and palmed away Michail Antonio's strike. The second-half handed the home side limited chances, prompting the introductions of Arthur Masuaku and Sakho. The impact was instant as Masuaku curled a stellar cross for Andy Carroll, but the striker's creative volley struck the bar. However, minutes later Masuaku provided another fine cross and this time for Sakho, who slide at the back post to grab all three points. The victory lifts West Ham to 15th and eases the pressure on Bilic heading into the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 1:42 PM

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that both Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini will be available for this weekend's clash with Swansea City.

Initial reports indicated Antonio would be unavailable this weekend after he suffered a groin in the 3-2 derby loss to Tottenham last weekend. But the England international has made a speedy recovery and is expected to be included in the matchday squad, along with Lanzini, who has missed been sidelined for a month with a knee injury. "Lanzini is back in the squad," said Bilic. "And Michail Antonio's injury wasn't that bad. There was always a chance he would be available for Swansea and it was like that." Barring any setbacks, it's likely both Antonio and Lanzini will see action on Saturday. Should Bilic decide to start them from the bench, Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew could start on the flanks.
Sep 28 - 11:16 PM

West Ham are hopeful that Michail Antonio will only miss one match after it was revealed the groin injury he suffered against Tottenham at the weekend was not as bad as initially feared.

Manager Slaven Bilic confirmed after the 3-2 derby defeat by Spurs that Antonio was withdraw in the 28th minute due to a groin injury and, according to West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan, will hopefully only miss out on this weekend's home match against Swansea City. Considering the injury is not though to be too severe Antonio, who had just returned from an extended spell out follow a hamstring operation, could be fit after the October international break. The England international's absence this weekend will likely result in a recall for Andy Carroll. Chicharito and Andre Ayew could operate on the flanks if Bilic sticks with a 3-4-3, while Marko Arnautovic could retain his place if they revert to the 3-1-4-2 used in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Meanwhile, Manuel Lanzini (knee) has returned to training and could make the bench for Saturday's match.
Sep 26 - 5:57 PM

West Ham United found themselves down by three goals with only a half hour to play and managed to make a game of it, but would fall short in the end to Tottenham, 2-3.

It was a lively atmosphere in the stadium in support of the Hammers in the opening half hour, but the mood dampened when Michail Antonio with what appeared to be a groin injury and had to be replaced by Andy Carroll. Soon after, West Ham's defense was breached twice in quick succession, both times by Harry Kane. The match looked done and dusted when Spurs went up by three on the hour mark but Chicharito was able to pull one back five minutes later, scoring from a rebound when Jose Fonte headed an Aaron Cresswell corner on target. The tide began to turn from there, as Spurs gave the home side a man advantage with twenty minutes to play. Substitute Arthur Masuaku sent a cross that was headed home powerfully by Cheikhou Kouyate with three minutes and added time to go. Unfortunately for the Hammers, most of that remaining time was spent getting into dust ups with Tottenham players and a possible penalty shout when Carroll was elbowed in the back went unchecked.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 23 - 9:55 AM

Pedro Obiang was rested for Tuesday's 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Bolton but won't be available for Saturday's Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Manager Slaven Bilic revealed in his pre-match press conference that Obiang picked up an injury at West Brom last weekend and won't be fit to face Spurs. However, Bilic insisted that the Spanish midfielder's injury wasn't serious and added he could be back in contention for the game against Swansea City next Saturday. The absence of Obiang should see Cheikhou Kouyate and skipper Mark Noble, who made his return from a knee knock in the midweek cup win, resume their partnership in central midfield for the crucial clash at the London Stadium. Meanwhile, Saturday will come too soon for the return of James Collins (ankle) and Manuel Lanzini (hamstring).
Sep 21 - 3:52 PM

West Ham secured their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup by defeating League One side Bolton 3-0 at the London Stadium on Tuesday.

Slaven Bilic made 10 changes to his side who drew 0-0 with West Brom at the weekend, handing Montenegro international Sead Haksabanovic his debut and Marko Arnautovic his first start since being sent off against Southampton in late August. Signed from Stoke City for £25m this summer, Arnautovic put in his best effort as a Hammer, providing a free-kick for Angelo Ogbonna's powerful header to opening the score and set up Diafra Sahka in the 31st minute. The second half saw the Hammers struggle to find chances until Arthur Masuaku blasted a thunderous strike into the top corner from 25 yards in stoppage time. The cup win also marked the return of captain Mark Noble, who missed the last two league matches with a hamstring injury, and winger Nathan Holland's first-team debut off the bench.

James Collins is set for a spell on the sidelines but the news is a lot better than initially feared.

The West Ham defender sustained an ankle injury on Saturday forcing him off just 13 minutes into the second half. Slaven Bilic was preparing himself for the worst "it looked like being a few months" but fortunately, scan results confirm Collins will only miss a couple of weeks. Head of Medical Services Gary Lewin said: "It’s good news for James in the sense that it is not long-term or as serious as it perhaps looked at the time. We will manage him very carefully and ensure he returns when the time is right." The Hammers entertain London rivals Tottenham in the early kick-off this weekend and go into the game on an upward curve following a bad start to the season. Consecutive clean-sheets have helped West Ham move out of the Bottom Three but the injury to Collins could mean a change of formation with Zabaleta and Cresswell dropping in to make a back four.
Sep 19 - 5:53 AM

Mark Noble has been unable to recover from a knee knock and will miss Saturday's match at West Brom.

Noble sustained a knee injury in training last Friday and was a late omission from the side that defeated Huddersfield Town. Despite returning to training on Thursday, the Hammers captain won't be fit to face the Baggies on Saturday. The absence of Noble should see Slaven Bilic name an unchanged side for the trip The Hawthorns. Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate will be expected to start in holding midfield roles in a 3-4-2-1, while Decan Rice could see time off the bench.
Sep 14 - 9:21 PM

Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out Saturday's match against West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Hammers ace is expected to miss one or two more weeks having suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury during the international break. Although Lanzini could be out of action until the start of October, the Argentine playmaker has begun running and training with the ball. With Lanzini and Mark Noble both unavailable against the Baggies, Slaven Bilic could name the same starting XI from Monday's 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew could make the starting lineup if the formation is altered.
Sep 14 - 8:46 PM

Marko Arnautovic has completed his three-match domestic ban following his red card in and will return to the matchday squad for Saturday's match at West Brom

Manager Slaven Bilic, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's trip, confirmed the Austria international will be in the squad to face the Baggies. With Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble both unavailable for selection, the return of Arnautovic is a timely boost for the Hammers attack. However, it's unclear whether or not he will return to the starting XI. Arnautovic did start both matches on the left-wing prior to his suspension, but Bilic may decide to name the same side that beat Huddersfield Town. Unless Bilic elects to change the formation, fantasy managers should be prepared to see Arnautovic start from the bench.
Sep 14 - 8:04 PM



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