PREM: West Ham v West Brom preview


West Ham v West Brom preview

West Ham are hopeful that Andy Carroll will be available for selection on Saturday as they welcome West Brom in the Premier League.


The striker had picked up a minor groin injury with doubts lingering over his inclusion, but manager Slaven Bilic is optimistic that he can be included in the squad.

"It is not anything major. Andy felt something similar to what he had at Middlesbrough and hopefully he will be okay for Saturday," he said.

"This is the only week he didn't train with us basically since he came back from injury that ruled him out for a long time. He is a top player. He brings you everything, everything that you could ask from a centre-forward."
 
The Hammers welcome a West Brom side who are five points ahead of them in the Premier League table and are unbeaten in their last three top flight encounters.

Tony Pulis' men can maintain the pressure on Everton in seventh place - four points ahead of the Baggies - with a victory at the London Stadium.
 
West Ham boss Bilic will check on Aaron Cresswell's tight hamstring and Cheikhou Kouyate, who has a dead leg ahead of Saturday's game.
 
Sam Byram (hamstring) and Havard Nordtveit (ankle) are back in contention but Diafra Sakho (back) and Angelo Ogbonna (knee) are long-term absentees.

Jonny Evans and Claudio Yacob are ready to return for West Brom, with Evans having missed the last five games with a calf problem while Yacob was sidelined for the 1-0 win over Stoke with the club concerned he had appendicitis.

The midfielder required hospital treatment but the problem was not as bad as first feared and he is expected to be in the travelling squad.


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