Player News - West Ham United

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James Tomkins is likely to miss a "few weeks" following a calf injury at Southampton on Saturday.

The Hammers defender has struggled due to a number of minor problems recently - most notably a head wound which required thirteen stitches. However, this latest setback – a suspected calf strain - is likely to keep the 26-year-old sidelined for the longest period yet. A scan on Monday will confirm the extent of the damage suffered during the defeat at St Mary's. In his absence, Joey O’Brien could fill in at right-back for the FA Cup replay against Liverpool while Sam Byram – who is ineligible on Tuesday – is a candidate in the league. Speaking ahead of the match, Slaven Bilic revealed Dimitri Payet should be okay after he escaped relatively unscathed following a rash Victor Wanyama scissor challenge which resulted in his sending-off. Andy Carroll will face his former employers following his recovery from a hamstring strain.
Source: London 24
Feb 8 - 6:21 AM

West Ham failed to jump into the top five of the Premier League table after dropping a 1-0 away result to 10-man Southampton.

The Hammers were gifted with a golden opportunity to at least secure a point when Victor Wanyama was sent off for a reckless challenge on Dimitri Payet in the 54th minute. Trailing 1-0 after a ninth-minute goal from Maya Yoshida, West Ham couldn't muster up a goal against Fraser Forster and his impermeable defense despite taking 17 shots. The Hammers' best chance came from Winston Reid, whose header off a set-piece was brilliantly pushed away by Forster. Making his debut in the attack as a second-half sub was Emmanuel Emenike, who arrived last week on loan from Fenerbahce. Also as a sub, Andy Carroll made his return from injury but James Tomkins limped off the pitch at the hour mark.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 2:42 PM

Slaven Bilic will make a decision on new boy Emmanuel Emenike after his work permit was granted on Tuesday. The 28-year-old forward who arrived on-loan from Arabian Gulf League side Al Ain hasn’t played in almost a month.

Bilic will also assess Andy Carroll who has been sidelined for the past four-weeks due to a hamstring strain. However, the Croatian coach does expect his striker to be available this weekend. Sam Byram is another who could come under consideration. The former Leeds United full-back has re-joined the group after a minor muscular issue kept him out of the win over Aston Villa. Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are hoping to be back in game week twenty-six but Angelo Ogbonna is ready after recovering from a bout of illness.
Source: London 24
Feb 4 - 6:34 AM

Cheikhou Kouyate is expected to recover from the minor knock which forced him off during the first half at Anfield on Saturday but James Tomkins remains a doubt.

Tomkins had just returned to the side after missing the Man City game due to an unspecified knock. However, his afternoon ended rather abruptly following a sickening clash of heads which left the 26-year-old requiring stitches to close an open wound. In his absence, Joey O’Brien could come in at right-back or Slaven Bilic may decide that new signing Sam Byram is a better option considering O’Brien has been sidelined for the best part of six months. Mark Noble should recover from the bout of illness which kept him out of the Liverpool game. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho are ruled out.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 2 - 6:34 AM

James Tomkins will be assessed after limping off at St James Park in game week twenty-two but Joey O’Brien is fit and available for selection.

Tomkins was forced to the sidelines after 75 minutes against Newcastle due to an unspecified knock and the Hammers defender will face a late test to determine his fitness ahead of the Saturdays’ game. Carl Jenkinson is likely to step into the breach if the 26-year-old fails to recover although Winston Reid can also be called upon after recovering from a groin problem. "Joey O'Brien is back, he's had a lot setbacks so I am happy to see him fit," confirmed Slaven Bilic which leaves only Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho in the treatment room.
Source: London 24
Jan 21 - 6:40 AM

West Ham United entered the match in sizzling form but hit a wall against an upstart Newcastle United side, losing to the Magpies 2-1.

Yet another matchup that looked heavily in favor of one side went the way of the other in this topsy-turvy PL season. West Ham were on the back foot from the opening whistle and allowed Newcastle to score twice inside of the first 15 minutes. The defending was shockingly poor, allowing the Magpies plenty of space in which to operate throughout the match, and were lucky to end the day with just the two goals conceded. They were given a window of life early in the second frame, when an ill-advised back pass by Chancel Mbemba was pounced on by Nikica Jelavic and the Croatian scored his first league goal since last season while playing for Hull City. The loss allowed Tottenham to widen the gap for fourth in the table this week from one point to four.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 16 - 12:17 PM

Mauro Zarate will return to the West Ham squad after missing the win at Bournemouth due to a minor problem. "He felt (his thigh) a bit before the game but he'll train on Thursday."

Victor Moses has re-joined the group after more than a month on the sidelines while Cheikhou Kouyate is also poised for a return. "He was at about 85 per cent (for Bournemouth) so we rested him," Bilic said. Striker Andy Carroll will have a scan this week to determine the extent of his hamstring injury. "We will wait for that. It's something in between a big and little one," said the Hammers boss. Media reports suggest the 27-year-old could miss anywhere between four weeks and two months.
Source: London 24
Jan 14 - 7:17 AM

Andy Carroll suffered another setback last night after the West Ham striker was forced off during the opening exchanges at Bournemouth due to a hamstring problem.

Carroll was making his seventh start of the season and only his second since recovering from a minor groin strain in a campaign blighted by injury and it now looks like the 27-year-old is set for even more time in the treatment room. "It is a really bad situation for us," said Slaven Bilic. "After the Liverpool win I said that he is back, he looked sharp, he looked strong. It is a blow. Hopefully it is not that long, maybe it is going to be a couple of weeks." The Hammers climbed to fifth in the table thanks to a Dimitri Payet masterclass who marked his return from injury by scoring a sublime free-kick and laying on an assist for Enner Valencia. The injury to Carroll could scupper any potential move away for Nikica Jelavic who was rumoured to be leaving during the January window.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 13 - 6:10 AM

In his first start since Week 12, Dimitri Payet picked up right where he left off with a goal and assist in West Ham's 3-1 win on the road at Bournemouth.

The Hammers have not lost since their first game without Payet back in Week 13 against West Brom and now find themselves in the middle of a three-match winning streak. Trailing 1-0 in the 67th minute, Payet's goal jumpstarted the club with a curling free-kick effort before he set up Enner Valencia's first goal seven minutes later with an assist to take the lead. Valencia, who recovered from a knock, scored his second in the 84th minute off another free-kick to seal the win for West Ham. In injury news, Cheikhou Kouyate didn't make the team sheet after picking up a knock while Andy Carroll left the match after picking up an injury just 10 minutes in.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 12 - 5:15 PM

Manuel Lanzini will miss at least a month of action after being re-assessed.

Lanzini was hopeful to be back within 2-3 weeks after getting injured early in the month but further tests have shown he will miss up to a month. West Ham are once again hit badly by injuries, and Michael Antonio could continue to start as long as they need him.
Jan 10 - 7:52 PM

Dimitri Payet returned to West Ham's squad and make a bench appearance in their 2-0 win over Liverpool.

Payet returned after a long spell on teh sidelines and he looked a bit rusty, which was expected in his first appearance. Fantasy managers will have the chance to roster him in gameweek 21, when he is expected to get the start. With ten days between GW20 and GW21, we expect Payet to be close to full fitness. If you can get him for cheap, get him into your squad without hesitation.
Source: BBC
Jan 3 - 7:14 PM

Co-chairman of West Ham - David Gold – has posted a social media update suggesting that Manuel Lanzini could be sidelined for up-to six weeks after suffering a muscular problem during Saturdays’ win over Liverpool.

Lanzini was making his first start since November following his recent recovery from injury. But the 22-year-old - who has impressed since his arrival from Al Jazira on a season loan deal - could face the prospect of more time out although the full extent of the damage won’t be known until after his scan. "They have told me a little bit and I will hear more tomorrow. It is not big. It is the same, it is not the hamstring or the muscle, it is some kind of abductor and the tendon. I hope it is going to be like they have said now, just a little bit [of time out]," Slaven Bilic said.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 3 - 8:29 AM

Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll each scored for the second match in a row as West Ham dispatched of a dull Liverpool side, 2-0.

After a stretch of three matches where the Hammers could not find the back of the net, the attack is waking up again. In the 10th minute, Enner Valencia delivered a perfect cross to the far post where Antonio met the ball with a leaping header to give West Ham what proved to be the match-winner. They could have added to the lead in the first half but doubled the advantage in the second, when Mark Noble picked out Andy Carroll for another header. Dimitri Payet came on for the final 26 minutes as he returns from injury. However, Manuel Lanzini picked up an injury of his own and had to be removed late on in the first half.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 2 - 9:41 AM

Aaron Cresswell will be assessed ahead of this weekends’ game against Liverpool after missing the win over Southampton due to muscular tightness.

Cresswell was withdrawn as a precaution during the latter stages of the draw with Aston Villa on Boxing Day. "He felt some tightness and it was a precaution [to take him off]. We have to wait until tomorrow," revealed Slaven Bilic post-match. However, the Hammers boss decided not to risk his full-back on Monday for fear of exacerbating the problem and Cresswell will face a fitness test ahead of the early kick-off. Carl Jenkinson is poised to deputise should the 26-year-old miss out again.
Source: London24
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:05:00 AM

West Ham ended its eight-match winless streak with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Southampton behind a goal and assist from Michail Antonio.

The summer signing from Nottingham Forest opened the scoring for West Ham with a bizarre goal in the 69th minute as he took a cross in the center of the box. Antonio fell as he looked to direct the chance in, accidentally hitting the ball off Southampton Victor Wanyama and over the goalkeeper for the equalizer in his first-ever Premier League goal. Just 10 minutes later, West Ham stole the three points as Antonio headed Enner Valencia's cross off the crossbar before Andy Carroll cleaned up the effort with a goal in his return from a groin injury. But another injury to Valencia put on a damper on the win. In other injury news, Aaron Cresswell missed the match with a knock, allowing Carl Jenkinson to re-enter the starting XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 02:47:00 PM


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