Hitz could miss Villa Park return

Thomas Hitzlsperger looks set to miss out on his West Ham debut against his former club Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

Last Updated: 13/08/10 at 14:36

Hitzlsperger: Thigh injury

Hitzlsperger: Thigh injury

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The midfielder, a summer signing from Lazio, suffered a thigh injury playing for Germany in midweek and is a major doubt.

New manager Avram Grant could hand debuts to Mexico winger Pablo Barrera, New Zealand defender Winston Reid and his old Portsmouth pair Tal Ben-Haim and Frederic Piquionne.

Midfielder Jack Collison and striker Zavon Hines (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

West Ham (from): Green, Faubert, Upson, Tomkins, Ilunga, Noble, Parker, Behrami, Piquionne, Cole, Boa Morte, Gabbidon, Dyer, Kovac, Hitzlsperger, McCarthy, Ben-Haim, Spector, Sears, Da Costa, Nouble, Stech, Diamanti, Daprela, Stanislas, Barrera, Reid.

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