Player News - West Ham United

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West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho took part in controlled training sessions with the Under-23s this week.

A long-term absentee, Sakho has been gradually increasing his rehab efforts in his bid to recovery from back surgery he underwent in December. According to Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke, Sakho is essentially at the start of his own personal pre-season training schedule but has worked well this week and could join the first-team soon. Should his recovery continue on it's current course, the 27-year-old could be back in contention by mid-to-late April.
Mar 24 - 2:41 PM

West Ham United skipper Mark Noble missed last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City but is expected to be fit for the club's match with Hull City on April 1st.

Noble suffered a knock that forced him to miss the match with Leicester but resumed training with the first-team this week and will be fit face Hull City, according to Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke. The news is a big boost for the Hammers with defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang, who underwent ankle surgery on Tuesday in London, ruled out for the remainder of the season. Without Obiang, manager Slaven Bilic will likely move Cheikhou Kouyate into a central midfield role alongside Noble for the rest of the season.
Mar 24 - 2:29 PM

Angelo Ogbonna is progressing well after his knee surgery in late January and could potentially be back in action before the end of the term.

Back in January, manager Slaven Bilic said Ogbonna was expected to miss the rest of term after the center-back underwent knee surgery. However, in the club's most recent report from the treatment room, it was revealed that the Italian international could be back in action before the end of the season. "If his rehab remains on schedule, he will return to training with the first team in around four to five weeks," wrote Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke. Should Ogbonna continue on pace with his recovery, there is an outside chance he could be match fit come May.
Mar 24 - 2:12 PM

Winston Reid is expected to be out for five weeks due to a muscle injury he suffered during last Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City.

Reid was withdrawn from the New Zealand squad after suffering the injury at weekend, which will keep him sidelined through at least the end of April. Reid has been a vital cog at the heart of the West Ham defense this campaign, starting 26 of their 29 league matches. With the 28-year-old expected to miss significant time, James Collins is in line to slot into the starting XI. Collins has made 14 appearances for the Hammers this season.
Mar 24 - 1:57 PM

West Ham United defender Winston Reid is due to undergo a scan later this week after suffering an adductor injury during Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City.

Reid limped off the field in the 18th minute of the loss at the weekend and the club fears their New Zealand international could be sidelined for an extended period. Jack Sullivan, the son of joint-owner David Sullivan, tweeted: "INJURY UPDATE- Reid scan later this week, but at least 4-6 weeks and might be longer." The injury to Reid is part of triple blow for manager Slaven Bilic as winger Michail Antonio suffered a hamstring problem, which forced him to withdraw from the England squad, and Perdo Obiang is feared to have suffered a season-ending ankle injury. With Angelo Ogbonna already lost for the season, due to a knee operation, James Collins is likely to partner Jose Fonte in central defense for the duration of Reid's absence.
Source: talkSPORT
Mar 20 - 1:22 PM

West Ham United midfielder Perdo Obiang is in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season after suffering an injury during Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Leicester City.

The 24-year-old Spaniard twisted his ankle during the second-half at the London Stadium at the weekend and was stretchered off. While manager Slaven Bilic confirmed concerns over Obiang after the match, the club was hit with bad news on Monday via a Twitter post by Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham owner David. He wrote: "INJURY UPDATE -Obiang is out for the rest of the season." Should Obiang miss the rest of the term, Bilic could return Cheikhou Kouyate to the midfield and promote Sam Byram to the starting right-back role. Central midfielder Edimilson Fernandes could also see an increase in playing time.

Michail Antonio has been withdrawn from England's squad with a hamstring injury that could force him to miss three to four weeks.

The West Ham star will miss Wednesday's friendly with Germany and Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. While the winger will have to wait for his first cap, it appears the injury could keep him sidelined for up to a month. Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham chairman David Sullivan, wrote on his official Twitter account: "Injury update – Antonio 3-4 weeks hamstring, but as he’s a superb athlete we hope it might be sooner." Should this timeline hold true, the Hammers could be without Antonio for upcoming matches against Hull City (April 1), Arsenal (April 5) and Swansea City (April 8).
Source: The Sun
Mar 20 - 12:45 PM

Michail Antonio is expected to be withdrawn from the England squad after sustaining a hamstring injury during Saturdays 3-2 home defeat by Leicester City.

Speaking after the game, manager Slaven Bilic admitted Antonio’s hamstring "doesn’t look great" despite the winger playing the full 90 minutes. "It is very early to say, we don't know how long it is going to be," he said. "We have to assess him in the next couple of days. He might have to withdraw from England." Antonio was called up for the first time back in August 2016, but the West Ham winger is still waiting for his first cap. Bilic also confirmed Winston Reid was replaced because of an adductor problem in the first half while Pedro Obiang was stretchered off following a "challenge on his ankle." The trio will be assessed over the next couple of days, but hopefully "they will be fit after the international break."
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 18 - 4:36 PM

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has been ruled out for Saturday's match against Leicester City.

The Hammers captain, who picked up a knock at Bournemouth, will be the only major absentee for the clash at the London Stadium. According to the club's most recent update from the treatment room, Noble picked up a knock in training prior to the match against Chelsea and suffered another knock in the same area of his body at the weekend. "He will miss Saturday’s game against Leicester City and a week of rest and rehab will help to prepare him for the three-game week coming up against Hull, Arsenal and Swansea," Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke wrote in his late fitness update. Without Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate could return to a central midfield role with Sam Byram then likely to slot in at right-back.
Mar 17 - 2:16 PM

Robert Snodgrass will be assessed ahead of the game with Leicester City on Saturday after suffering an ankle injury at Bournemouth.

The £7million January signing from Hull had been a doubt during the build-up to the game at the Vitality due to a knee injury he sustained against Chelsea which required ten stitches. Having passed a late test, Snodgrass was named amongst the substitutes, as the returning Antonio was recalled by Slaven Bilic. However, his cameo was almost ended prematurely: "I twisted my ankle and stretched my ligaments but we only had defenders and a centre midfielder on the bench so you have to try to push through that pain barrier for your teammates. But I couldn’t really push off with any force." Snodgrass managed to see out the game, but his hopes of taking a share of the spoils were cruelly dashed when Josh King grabbed his hat-trick deep into injury time to win it for the Cherries 3-2.
Source: The Mirror
Mar 15 - 2:35 PM

Despite goals from Michail Antonio and substitute Andre Ayew, West Ham United were ousted by Bournemouth 3-2 at the Vitality Stadium.

The Hammers may have benefitted from a pair of missed spot-kicks by Bournemouth, but the visitors were unable to overcome a hat-trick by in-form striker Joshua King. West Ham broke the deadlock on 31-minutes through a well-taken strike by Michail Antonio, who turned in the box and finished an exceptional left-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net. With the goal split by missed penalties by Joshua King and Benik Afobe, King leveled the match on 31 minutes and then gave the Cherries the lead just after halftime. Although the match seemed destined to end in a draw, when Ayew tapped home on 83 minutes, King found his third in added time. The loss sees West Ham remain in 11th place on 33 points, with Slaven Bilic's side now winless in their last four PL matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 11 - 2:01 PM

Winston Reid should recover in time to face Bournemouth this weekend after limping off with a leg injury during the 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.

Reports after the game suggested that the centre-back had been suffering from cramp, but an update provided by the Head of Medical and Sports Science at West Ham - Stijn Vandenbroucke – confirmed Reid had suffered an unspecified lower leg injury, although he did take part in a recovery training session on Wednesday. The medical team "will work hard to prepare him" for this weekend's clash at Bournemouth. Slaven Bilic also confirmed Andy Carroll and Robert Snodgrass "are both fine" after they sustained minor cuts while Michail Antonio returns to the squad after completing his one-match suspension. West Ham are "optimistic" that Jose Fonte will be available after he "felt something" on Monday night. Diafra Sakho [back surgery] is progressing with his rehab and he will now step up his fitness work with a view to re-joining the main group in April.
Mar 9 - 6:27 AM

West Ham United defender Winston Reid will need to shake off a leg injury ahead of Saturday's match with Bournemouth.

Reid was involved in several collisions during Monday's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea and came off in 64th minute with a leg injury. While the 28-year-old took part in a recovery training session on Wednesday, the key center-half has just two more days to prepare for Saturday. With Angelo Ogbonna still out as he rehabs from knee surgery, Slaven Bilic would likely slot James Collins in the starting XI if Reid unavailable. Meanwhile, the club's medical staff has confirmed that Andy Carroll is fine after the striker suffered a cut to his face in an aerial clash with Victor Moses.
Mar 8 - 3:06 PM

West Ham United will reportedly open contract talks with Pedro Obiang at the end of the season.

The midfielder joined West Ham from Sampdoria in June 2015 and has two years left on his current four-year contact. However, with reports that Liverpool are interested in a summer move for the Obiang, Sky sports understand the Hammers will reward the defensive midfielder with a new contact in order to keep him at the London Stadium. The 24-year-old, who was a mainstay Slaven Bilic's first-team last season, has made 27 appearances this campaign.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 7 - 5:22 PM

West Ham United were unable to overcome a clinical performance from Chelsea as the Hammers were defeated 2-1 at the London Stadium on Monday.

West Ham got off to a good start but fell behind on 25 minutes after Chelsea scored on a lightning-quick counter attack. Eden Hazard finished off the play with a nifty finish, while the Hammers saw their inspired efforts go unrewarded despite controlling the attacking flow through the first-half. It then took Chelsea just five minutes after the restart to double their lead, as Pedro Obiang missed his clearance attempt and Diego Costa finished from short-range. Although West Ham continued to fight and pulled a goal back through a fine strike by Manuel Lanzini, the stoppage-time goal was too little too late. The loss means West Ham remain in 11th with 33 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 6 - 6:08 PM


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