West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has given a huge injury update ahead of the Hammers’ Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
The Hammers have been missing Enner Valencia and Alex Song since the beginning of the campaign, while summer arrival Angelo Ogbonna has been sidelined for three weeks through injury.
But while striker Andy Carroll continues his slow but steady return to full fitness following a nine month spell on the sidelines, defenders Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid are both touch-and-go for Saturday’s London derby.
Bilic told West Ham’s official website: “Thankfully Andy’s injury wasn’t too bad, we didn’t risk him against Sunderland but he’s back now.
“The other two [Valencia and Ogbonna] have been out for longer so we needed to be more patient but they are back in training and looking good.
“Enner played 20 minutes in the friendly against Reading and looked really good, he’s been out for a while so he still needs a few weeks. But when I see him in training he does things that make you think ’maybe he could 10 minutes on Saturday’, but I think it’ll be two weeks until he’s fully ready.”
“They’re [Reid and Cresswell] not too serious thank God, but we will have to wait.
“We will assess them in training today and tomorrow and then make a decision if they’re available for the Palace game.”
West Ham are unbeaten in their four games away from the Boleyn Ground so far this season, with a 2-2 draw following three famous consecutive away victories against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
But Bilic admits he is wary of the threat an equally impressive Palace side can pose and admits his players are ready for a difficult test at Selhurst Park.
“They have great players who can make an impact instantly, out of nothing, so we need to aware of that,” Bilic admitted.
“I’m sure it’ll be a great game and a very difficult test for us.”
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