Player News - West Ham United

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Slaven Bilic named an unchanged starting XI at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday after several first-team players passed late fitness tests.

The West Ham manager revealed on Thursday that Arthur Masuaku, Winston Reid and Cheick Kouyate were all struggling to make the trip to Stoke while Diafra Sakho was rated as "very doubtful" after sustaining a back injury. But, despite the early concern, last weekend’s starters were given the all-clear, although Sakho failed to make the Hammers bench leaving Andre Ayew to partner Jonathan Calleri in attack. The full extent of the injury is not yet known, but Andy Carroll [groin] is expected to recover, after missing the last two, in time to face Tottenham in GW36. Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli returned to the match-day squad while Bilic also included Sam Byram and Mark Noble following their respective domestic bans.
Apr 29 - 10:54 AM

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Andy Carroll will miss out on Saturday's trip to Stoke City due to a thigh problem.

The England striker was absent from last weekend's draw with Everton after suffering from a recurrence of a thigh problem, and has been unable to recover in time for the trip to the bet365 Stadium. "Unfortunately, Andy Carroll won’t be available for this game," Bilic added. "I was expecting him to be back for this Stoke game, but he’s not, so he should be for the next game against Spurs. He should be OK." Jonathan Calleri and Diafra Sakho will be in contention to replace Carroll in the starting XI. Meanwhile, Bilic confirmed that Mark Noble will go straight back into the side after missing two matches through suspension.
Apr 28 - 11:55 AM

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has confirmed on Twitter that Andy Carroll should be available for Saturday’s game at Stoke City.

The return of Carroll will be a massive boost for Slaven Bilic's side ahead of the trip to the bet365 Stadium, as the Hammers have won just one of their last five matches without the 28-year-old this season. Carroll was unable to play in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Everton, which saw Jonathan Calleri make his first Premier League start, but should return to starting XI against the Potters. Carroll, who missed the 1-1 draw with Stoke City earlier this season, has scored five goals over the course of his last 10 starts.
Apr 24 - 5:49 PM

With erratic performances in between the sticks this season, West Ham United are reportedly considering a summer swoop for a new goalkeeper.

According to reports in Turkey, West Ham are in talks with 29-year-old Trabzonspor captain Onur Kivark ahead of the summer transfer window. The report also claims that Kivark, who kept 13 clean sheets in 27 appearances this term, was targeted by Slaven Bilic during his time in charge of Besiktas. The news comes in the wake of a pair of inconsistent performances by Darren Randolph, which saw Bilic recall former starter Adrian for Saturday's nil-nil draw with Everton.
Source: talkSPORT
Apr 24 - 5:24 PM

It may not have been pretty, but injury-plagued West Ham wrung all the life out of Everton's attack in a 0-0 draw at the Olympic Stadium.

It was the best defensive performance of the season by far for the Hammers, who made the Premier League's leading goalscorer in Romelu Lukaku anonymous. Buoyed by the return of Winston Reid in a three-man backline with Adrian back in goal, West Ham held Everton without a single shot on target. Even without Andy Carroll, Sam Byram and a bevy of regular starters, Slaven Bilic's men extended their undefeated streak to three matches after a dreadful seven-game winless streak put Bilic on the hot seat. Due to the myriad absences, Bilic placed three Academy prospects on the bench: Nathan Holland, Declan Rice and Moses Makasi.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 22 - 12:05 PM

West Ham United will host Everton on Saturday without injury-prone, lead striker Andy Carroll.

While manager Slaven Bilic revealed that Carroll should be fit for next Saturday's trip to Stoke City, the problem will force him to miss this weekend's home clash with the Toffees. The absence of the club's leading scorer has opened the door for Diafra Sakho, who missed last Saturday's 2-2 draw at Sunderland amid rumors of a row with Bilic, to get the nod up front. "He [Sakho] had a little injury last weekend so he wasn’t available against Sunderland but there was no row with him," said Bilic. "We will see now in training if he will be ready for Saturday’s match." Meanwhile, vital center-back Winston Reid could return but captain Mark Noble and right-back Sam Byram will be unavailable through suspension.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic confirmed Winston Reid has returned to training ahead of Saturday's match with Everton at the London Stadium.

The New Zealand international has missed the club's last four Premier League matches due to a groin problem suffered in late March, with the problem initially expected to keep him sidelined for five weeks. However, according to Slaven Bilic, Reid has recovered quicker than expected and could be back in action for Saturday's home fixture with against the Toffees. Bilic said: "We will see if he [Reid] is going to start but he’s been training throughout this week and in his rehabilitation programme, of course he did some individual training. But he looks good, as I said. It’s a big boost for us." In the event that Reid is unable to play, James Collins will once again start alongside Jose Fonte at center-back.
Apr 20 - 4:51 PM

Sam Byram was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the 2-2 draw against Sunderland and will be unavailable for this Saturday's trip to Everton.

It was quite a polarizing match for Bryam as he set up Andre Ayew's opener but was later sent off after picking up his second caution in the 88th minute. The 23-year-old will miss West Ham's trip to Goodison Park on Saturday as he serves a one-match ban before being eligible to return on April 29 against Stoke City. Havard Nordtveit, who has started six matches at right-back this season, will likely deputize for Bryam.
Apr 17 - 6:09 PM

It hasn't been a good 2017 for Slaven Bilic and West Ham, with the Hammers dropping more points in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

The Hammers got off to a dream start with a goal from Andre Ayew in just the fifth minute of action. For Ayew, it was his fourth goal in the last eight Premier League matches since returning from injury, and it was an easy one at that. Andy Carroll pushed across a Robert Snodgrass cross to Ayew, wide open at the far post for a tap-in. The Black Cats fought back for a bizarre goal straight off a corner kick, but James Collins put West Ham back in the lead with a headed goal just two minutes into the second half. But at the call of 10 minutes of stoppage time, West Ham blew the 2-1 lead as Darren Randolph's poor clearance fell directly to Fabio Borini for the equalizing effort.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 15 - 12:26 PM

Slaven Bilic admits that losing Michail Antonio to injury for the remainder of the season is a "massive blow".

The England international suffered a setback during the home win over Swansea last weekend, and although Bilic was optimistic of a quick return, further tests confirm Antonio suffered a "significant [hamstring] injury" and he will not play again this season. Andy Carroll is expected to come into the side following his recovery from a groin problem, however, the injury-plagued striker will "share the minutes of the game" with Argentine Jonathan Calleri due to a lack of match fitness. Diafra Sakho comes back into contention but Mark Noble has been ruled out after picking up his tenth yellow card of the campaign. Sam Byram [ankle] and Aaron Cresswell re-joined the group on Thursday and both players should be available barring a setback. "Winston Reid will start to train with us on Monday."
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 13 - 5:24 PM

West Ham will be without club captain Mark Noble for the next two matches because of yellow card accumulation.

Noble picked up his 10th booking of the season last weekend against Swansea City, resulting a two-match ban. This means the skipper won't be available for the trip to Sunderland (GW33) and following home game with Everton (GW34). As a result, Edimilson Fernandes and Havard Nordveit will be in contention start alongside Cheikhou Kouyate in central midfield.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 11 - 4:46 PM

West Ham supporters will hope the sight of Sam Byram leaving the ground on crutches after the Swansea game was merely a precaution taken by the Hammers medical team.

Byram was pictured with fans as he left the London Stadium following Saturdays 1-0 win, with no trainer on his right foot whilst aided by crutches. The 23-year-old did manage to complete the full 90 minutes and he was not wearing a protective cast, which suggests the injury is not too serious and he could be in contention to face Sunderland this weekend. West Ham are not completely out of the relegation woods just yet, and with Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and potentially Aaron Cresswell still missing, Slaven Bilic can ill-afford any slip-ups with six games remaining. If Byram was to remain on the sidelines, then Havard Nordtveit or Cheikhou Kouyate could be used as a makeshift right-back.
Apr 11 - 3:15 PM

Michail Antonio looked dejected as he limped to the sidelines after suffering what appeared to be a recurrence of his recent hamstring injury.

Antonio has been one of West Ham’s few shining lights this season but the 27-year-old looks set to spend even more time in the Hammers treatment room following another muscular injury. Having missed the recent England internationals after sustaining a hamstring strain in the 3-2 defeat to Leicester, Antonio was forced off on his return midweek because of illness. However, after passing a late test, Antonio was named in the starting XI, but once again his day was cut short following another problem with his thigh: "Unfortunately for us, Michail’s injury came out the blue," the Hammers boss said. "[But] we have to stay positive. Michail is like superman – he’s always ahead of schedule. I expect he’ll be back very soon." Andy Carroll "will be almost definitely" fit for the game with Sunderland after he was an unused substitute due to a minor groin complaint.
Apr 8 - 5:09 PM

West Ham United snapped a run of five successive defeats with a much-needed 1-0 victory over Swansea City at the London Stadium.

Slaven Bilic has been under fire after five straight defeats left West Ham flirting with the relegation zone, which positioned the clash with Swansea as a must-win match for the Croatian boss. The Hammers came out firing and threatened twice through Manuel Lanzini's free-kicks, while Robert Snodgrass saw his header denied by Lukasz Fabianski. The hosts continued to press for the opener and found it just before the stroke of half-time when Kouyate buried a 25-yard strike inside Fabianski's near post, which proved to be the match-winner. The result moves West Ham eight points clear of the drop zone ahead of next weekend's trip to Sunderland.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 1:11 PM

West Ham United will be without Aaron Cresswell when they host Swansea City at the London Stadium on Saturday.

While Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio will both be fit, Cresswell will not feature against the Swans due to a muscle injury suffered in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull City. The left-back's place is expected to be taken by Arthur Masuaku, who started in place of Cresswell in the mid-week defeat at the Emirates. However, Slaven Bilic is confident the England international will be available early next week. "Cresswell is out for this week and it should be only this week, so it should only be a couple of games," Bilic confirmed eon Tuesday. "We are talking about him being out against Arsenal and Swansea, but he should be back in training next week and available for the Sunderland game." Meanwhile, Diafra Sakho is back but Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid are long-term absentees.


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