Player News - West Ham United

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While Michail Antonio is ready to return to action against Southampton, Saturday's fixture at the St Mary's Stadium has come too soon for midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and center forward Andy Carroll.

Though neither player will be fit for Week 2, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed the pair were back in full training this week and are in line to return to the squad at Newcastle next Saturday. Kouyate has been out since the start of the pre-season because of a knee problem, while Carroll has been working his way back from a hip injury that has sidelined him since April. This means Mark Noble and Perdo Obiang are expected to start as defensive midfielders, with Javier Hernandez to hold his place upfront against Southampton. Said Bilic on Thursday: "We will have Mikey back 100 per cent for this game [at Southampton], but for Cheikhou and for Andy, it’s a bit too early, I think."
Aug 17 - 2:38 PM

Manuel Lanzini has been ruled out of West Ham's trip to Southampton this weekend but is in line to return for Week 3 against Newcastle.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic had hoped that Lanzini would be ready to make his season debut at Southampton but the trip to the St. Mary's Stadium has come too soon for the Argentine playmaker. However, Bilic revealed the 24-year-old is expected to return to full training next week with a view to be ready for the club's trip to St James' Park. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match at Southampton, BIlic said: "Manu is training individually and he is joining us on Monday, so we are going to have a full squad back for the Newcastle game." With Lanzini unavailable for Week 2, Andre Ayew will be in contention for another star on the left wing, while Michail Antonio could start on the right after recovering from a hamstring injury.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that winger Michail Antonio will return to the squad for Saturday's trip to Southampton.

Antonio will be welcomed back in Bilic's squad after recovering from a hamstring injured suffered at the end of last season, which forced him to miss four-and-a-half months of action. The England international missed last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United but has since returned to fitness having come through his appearance for the Under-23s last Friday unscathed. "Michail is back, he is fit, he played for the Under-23s last week on the Friday when we played Manchester United on the Sunday, which was part of the plan," Bilic said in his press conference on Thursday. He did 90 minutes on a big pitch in the Under-23s and then he came back to train with us and he looks good and he looks ready." While it's unclear whether or not Antonio will make the starting XI at Southampton, he will be in contention to displace Edmilson Fernandez on right wing. Meanwhile, Andre Ayew will likely operate on the left with Marko Arnautovic in the middle.

West Ham United have confirmed that Sofiane Feghouli has joined Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old moves to the Turkish powerhouse after just a single season at West Ham, having joined the Hammers on a three-year deal from Valencia last summer. Feghouli made 27 appearances for Slaven Bilic's side last season, scoring four goals and providing three assists. The Algeria international struggled to see consistent time on the right wing with Michail Antonio preferred ahead of him, while the additions of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez would have seen him drop further in the pecking order. Feghouli's departure boosts the chances of both Robert Snodgrass and Edimilsion Fernandez seeing more time on the wing off the substitute's bench.

West Ham United are expected to complete two pieces of business this week, with Sofiane Feghouli leaving for Galatasary and William Carvalho arriving from Sporting Lisbon.

Feghouli, 27, is set to complete a £4m move to Turkish club after just a single season at the London Stadium, with the Hammers in need of lowering their wage bill as they attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. The 25-year-old, who helped Portugal win Euro 2016, is expected to cost West Ham a fee of up to £36million and is regarded as the final piece of the puzzle wanted by boss Slaven Bilic. Should the Hammers secure the services of the Sporting academy production, the deal will eclipse the the fee paid for club record signing Marko Arnautovic (up to £24million) earlier this summer. Carvalho has scored nine goals in 137 appearances since making his first-team debut for the Portuguese club in 2011.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 3:25 PM

West Ham United will be without a significant chunk of their attacking options at Manchester United on Sunday.

Slaven Bilic revealed that five senior players will miss the league opener, with Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho still working their way back to full fitness. While Antonio, Carroll and Sakho had already been expected to miss the first few matches, Bilic is hopeful Lanzini and Kouyate will be back in contention soon: "He and Manu Lanzini, who was our only other player to be injured in the pre-season, should be ready after the Southampton game, if not Newcastle, but certainly after the international break." This means the manager will hand Chicharito and Marko Arnautovic their full Hammers debuts at Old Trafford, with Robert Snodgrass, Andre Ayew and Pedro Obiang in line to fill the additional voids.
Aug 12 - 8:49 AM

West Ham United completed their fifth signing of the summer on Tuesday with the addition of Montenegro international Sead Haksabanovic.

Haksabanovic joined the Hammers on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Swedish club Halmstad BK, where he became the second-youngster player in Allsevenjkan history in 2015 when debuted at the age of 15. The highly rated 18-year-old, who is known for his pace and technical abilities, made 70 first-team appearances for Halmstad and earned his international debut in June. Regarded as one of the most promising prospects in Europe, Haksabanovic was the third-hight fouled player in the Swedish top-flight last term (48). "I am an attacking player, I like to dribble and shoot, but I work hard for the team," he told the club website. "Now I just want to get used to being with the team and then hopefully play some games at some point next season." While an inclusion in squad for the season opener seams unlikely, Haksabanovic arrives match fit as the Swedish is already in mid-season.
Aug 10 - 1:02 AM

Andy Carroll is reportedly undergoing double training session of fitness work in an attempt to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

West Ham Head of Medical Services Gary Lewin has revealed that Carroll, who won't be fit for the start of the season, is undergoing a grueling regime of double training, fitness session and "punishing gym work" ahead of the new Premier League season. The 28-year-old struggled with knee, groin and adductor problems last season and made just 18 appearances. Carroll's continued injury woes, which have limited him to just 74 appearances over the last four seasons, will likely result in a start for summer signing Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez when the Hammers open their campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 13 August. Meanwhile, youngster Toni Martinez could also factor into the mix as Diafra Sahko is also on his way back from injury.
Aug 8 - 10:37 AM

Marko Arnuatovic was removed from the second half of Friday's 3-0 pre-season defeat to Manchester City, however, manager Slaven Bilic revealed the issue was nothing more than cramp.

While West Ham make a number of defensive lapses as they suffered defeat in their final pre-season friendly on Friday, the manager provided a positive update on Arnautovic after the match. Bilic confirmed the 28-year-old Austria international was replaced midway through the second period due to a cramp, rather than an injury, thus avoiding another blow to the first-team ranks. "He’s not bad, because it was just like a cramp so it doesn’t look too bad," he revealed. "From that point of view it was good because no new players got injured in the game, so it was one more training for them before the season. The situation with Marko is basically nothing." The news means the former Stoke City man should be fit to face Manchester United when the Hammers open their Premier League campaign on August 13.
Aug 4 - 4:04 PM

Injuries continue to be a problem for West Ham ahead of the season as Manuel Lanzini missed Tuesday's 3-3 friendly draw with Altona 93 because of a minor knee injury.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was without Lanzini and Mark Noble, who suffered a toe injury in Friday's Betway cup tie against Werder Bremen, as his side played out a high scoring draw in Germany on Tuesday. Meanwhile, winger Sofiane Feghouli was forced to return to England to receive treatment for hamstring problem. With Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll already expected to miss the Premier League season opener against Manchester United, Bilic could be forced to start the campaign with a depleted midfield. Should Lanzini and Noble failed to recover before August 13, Robert Snodgrass and Edimilson Fernandes could be handed starts when the Hammers travel to Old Trafford.

West Ham United Academy graduates Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have joined Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a five-month loan deal.

The deal sees the youngster join the Championship club where they will be reunited with boss Phil Parkinson, who managed them during their loan spells at Bradford City during the 2015/16 season. Burke, a central defender who won the Player of the Season award at Bradford that year, made 12 appearances on loan at Wigan Athletic last season, while midfielder Cullen enjoyed another successful loan spell at Bradford City. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international played 46 times and helped the Bradford reach the League One final for the second successive season. Speaking on the pair, Slaven Bilic said: "Bolton are a good club with an excellent manager in Phil Parkinson, who knows both Reece and Josh well, and we will be keeping a very close eye on their progress."
Aug 1 - 12:53 PM

Marko Arnautovic scored his first West Ham goal in a 2-2 friendly draw with Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Arnautovic, who signed from Stoke City in a record £25 million deal, turned in Arthur Masuaku's deflected cross to score his first goal on his full Hammers debut. West Ham went behind on a 15th-minute header, with goalkeeper Joe Hart unable to stop the close-range finish, before Arnautovic responded 10 minutes later. It was then another debutant, striker Toni Martinez, that put the Hammers ahead after 75 minutes when the young Spaniard headed home an Andre Ayew cross. However, the match would end even with Bremen equalizing nine minutes from time to secure a 3-2 Betway Cup aggregate victory for the Bundesliga side. Said manager Slaven Bilic on Arnautovic's goal: "This was one of the reasons why we bought him and we have to help him, of course, but I’m expecting him to make the difference week-in, week-out."
Jul 29 - 4:36 PM

West Ham centre-back Winston Reid faces a race against time to make the Premier League opener at Old Trafford on August 13.

The New Zealand international is yet to play a part in pre-season following surgery two months ago to rectify a "rare and chronic knee condition." However, speaking to WHUTV, Reid confirmed he is closing in on a return and "hopefully [with]in the next week or so I should be back." The 29-year-old endured a difficult season finale before finally succumbing to the injury, but now Reid is looking forward to getting out there and playing "pain-free" following his successful operation. Elsewhere, Michail Antonio [hamstring] will miss the first match, although Slaven Bilic is confident of his availability in game week two However, the news is not so good on Andy Carroll who is currently sidelined due to an ongoing hip / groin problem with no timeline on his recovery.
Source: Stuff.co.nz
Jul 28 - 5:06 AM

West Ham forward Andy Carroll looks set to miss the start of the upcoming season because of a groin injury.

Speaking during West Ham's pre-season trip to Germany, manager Slaven Bilic revealed the 28-year-old forward won't be ready for the start of the Premier League campaign. "Andy is still not able to train with the team but he is working hard at Rush Green with the physios," the manager said. "I am frustrated he cannot play, now he is still injured and it is a big loss for us." Carroll's prolonged absence means he Chicharito will likely be handed his debut when the Hammers open the term against Manchester United on 13 Aug.
Jul 27 - 4:48 PM

Slaven Bilic has confirmed Michail Antonio will miss West Ham's first match of the Premier League season against Manchester United.

The 27-year-old's 2016/17 campaign came to an early end in April when he suffered a significant hamstring, and subsequently underwent surgery. While the winger has been rehabbing with a view to be fit for the season opener, he wasn't included in the squad for pre-season trips to Austria and Germany, and won't be fit for the season opener on August 13th. Though Bilic did not reveal an exact timeline for Antonio's return, he said the England international is ahead of schedule in his recovery. As for the trip to Old Trafford, Robert Snodgrass and Sofiane Feghouli will be in contention to fill in on the right flank.
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM



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