Player News - West Ham United

Date: Team: Pos:

Andy Carroll is expected to return to West Ham's matchday squad in week five against Newcastle.

There is an international break after week four which will allow Carroll to train for an extra week before week five. The Hammers striker hasn't been able to remain healthy for a few years now and there is little reason to think he can stay on the pitch for the remainder of the season. He is worth an add in very deep leagues as a high-upside play, but don't rely on him to be your striker for the rest of the season.
Aug 27 - 1:01 PM

Kevin Nolan has left West Ham United by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Nolan wasn't get a lot of playing time this season and hit the wrong side of 33 earlier this summer. The midfielder has played 157 matches for the club, scoring 31 goals in the meantime. He is currently looking for a job at another club but is intent on being promised consistent playing time. It's unlikely anyone promises Nolan consistent playing time in the Premier League, so you can safely drop him in all fantasy leagues.
Source: BBC
Aug 27 - 12:35 PM

Diafra Sakho "should be ok for Liverpool" according to West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Bilic confirmed that Sakho will return to training on Friday and that he's hopeful that the striker will be OK for the Liverpool match. This is huge for the Hammers, who are still missing the majority of their strikers and need Sakho to be healthy this weekend. Andy Carroll will return to training soon and should be ready for week five, but this weekend will be too soon for him.
Aug 27 - 12:16 PM

Diafra Sakho is dealing with a groin problem and is considered questionable for this weekend.

West Ham are dealing with yet another injury to their strike-force as Diafra Sakho might not be able to make this weekend's match. The groin problem is a concern as muscle injuries often linger around unless they're allowed sufficient time to heal. If Sakho can't go, West Ham will likely start Modibo Maiga at the forward spot, a name that doesn't strike fear into opposing defenses.
Aug 26 - 5:26 PM

Carl Jenkinson became the fifth West Ham player to receive his marching orders this season after seeing red at the Boleyn Ground during the home defeat to AFC Bournemouth.

Jenkinson denied Cherries' attacker Max Gradel – who had tormented the Hammers all afternoon - a goalscoring chance in the box after he beat the Arsenal loanee for pace. The resultant penalty was confidently dispatched by Callum Wilson who completed his first ever top-flight hat-trick, effectively sealing the win, despite a late rally from the home side. Jenkinson joins Adrian, James Collins and James Tomkins as players who have already been sent off in 2015/16 and last seasons’ Fair Play winners can forget about any notion of securing an alternative route into the Europe this year.
Source: Ghana Web
Aug 23 - 7:23 AM

West Ham will be without the services of South American striker Mauro Zarate until at least game week five after the Argentine pulled up in training with a hamstring strain during the build-up to the AFC Bournemouth game.

A rejuvenated Zarate has enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign following his return from Loftus Road where the 28 year-old spent an injury-hampered 4-months at Queens Park Rangers. Having initially struggled to settle following his arrival from Velez Sarsfield Zarate now looks to have benefited from an early start to the season – West Ham began their Europa campaign in July – and this latest setback is a blow. The Hammers are already struggling in attack with Enner Valencia sidelined and while Andy Carroll remains out the former Liverpool hit-man is approaching full fitness.
Source: London24
Aug 20 - 7:20 AM

Reports indicate that West Ham and Barcelona have agreed on a deal for the midfielder who had a strong season on loan at Upton Park last term.

The potential sticking point appears to be the medical. Song has a significant ankle injury and West Ham chairman has said "He's a player we all admire and we just hope that the medical shows he's in a sufficient state for us to gamble. He couldn't physically pass a medical tomorrow, but if the medics say it's just a technical thing and he's only a couple of weeks away you'd take that gamble and hope they're right." Looks like it could go either way but closer than it was yesterday to being completed.
Aug 19 - 2:47 PM

Dimitri Payet was incredible in West Ham's 1-2 loss to Leicester City.

This is two weeks in a row that Payet has been fantastic and the midfielder deserves extra praise. He scored the Hammers' lone goal this week but it was his overall involvement that drew everyone's attention. Payet had 14 crosses on the day and attempted three shots, one of which was on target for the goal. The midfielder is also on free-kick duty for West Ham and his fantasy production has a safe floor for the rest of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 17 - 11:40 AM

West Ham will appeal Adrian's red card from their match this past Saturday.

Adrian was sent off for dangerous play in what Slaven Bilic deemed an unintentional offense. Adrian raised his foot high when trying to get the ball in the last minutes of the match and the result was a sending off and Carl Jenkinson having to play goalkeeper for the last two minutes. Losing Adrian could hurt West Ham as their backup goalkeeper is not their strongest position. Check back later this week to see if his suspension is lifted.
Source: Standard
Aug 17 - 11:27 AM

Pedro Obiang is ready to play in week two and is looking forward to giving the manager "a headache".

If Obiang is indeed at 100%, Slaven Bilic will have a tough choice whether to start him or youngster Reece Oxford this weekend. Oxford started against Arsenal this past Sunday and was fantastic, especially for a 16-year-old, but we don't expect him to lock down the starting position completely. Due to the uncertainty, we wouldn't recommend either in fantasy this weekend.
Aug 13 - 4:40 PM

Diafra Sakho is reportedly "happy and has trained well" ahead of West Ham's home match against Leicester this weekend.

News came out about Sakho being arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse last week and there were concerns about his availability this weekend. There are positive news coming out of the Hammers' camp, especially the fact that the arrest occurred before last week's match and he still played. We think Sakho will feature again this week but make sure to check lineups in case West Ham decide to take action against the striker.
Aug 13 - 4:33 PM

Joey O'Brien could miss West Ham's week two match against Leicester due to a knock.

The defender is likely not starting regardless of injury so this shouldn't be a huge blow for the Hammers. O'Brien only comes into play if there are significant injuries to West Ham's back line and he shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues at the moment.
Source: LCFC
Aug 13 - 4:20 PM

Morgan Amalfitano will miss week two after a dispute with Slaven Bilic.

Amalfitano and Bilic have reportedly clashed and the player will be suspended by the manager for week two. The situation is apparently not as bad as the media has portrayed it, but this is a bad start for Slaven Bilic as he establishes himself as a coach in the dressing room. Don't use Amalfitano in fantasy leagues until he's out of the dog house.
Aug 13 - 4:15 PM

Diafra Sakho has been arrested on "suspicion of domestic assault".

The West Ham striker was arrested on the suspicion of "attacking a girlfriend" in London last Thursday night. The 25-year-old ended up playing in West Ham's match against Arsenal on Monday so it seems the club will wait until the legal system determines whether Sakho is guilty to take any action. The striker has a court date in late September and it's possible he faces a suspension from the Hammers if he is found guilty. We consider him probable to play against Leicester City this weekend.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 12 - 6:26 PM

Pedro Obiang is set to return to training this week after missing West Ham's week one match.

Obiang is a defensive midfielder who just signed for West Ham this summer and is expected to be their starting holding midfielder. Obiang could be included in the squad as early as week two, but a starting position is unlikely this early. The midfielder will battle Reece Oxford for the holding mid role after Oxford impressed in the match against Arsenal. Considering their role, both players make for poor fantasy choices.
Source: London24
Aug 11 - 2:51 PM

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