Barnsley v West Ham preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:17

Barnsley v West Ham preview

Barnsley manager Keith Hill will choose his starting line-up from an unchanged squad.
Hill has no new injury or suspension problems, but is still without seven first-team players as the Tykes bid to steer clear of relegation trouble.
Winger Matt Done (back/hamstring), midfielders Jacob Butterfield and David Perkins, right-back Bobby Hassell (all knee), centre-half Rob Edwards (hamstring) and goalkeeper Luke Steele (abdomen) remain sidelined through injury, while another midfielder, Nathan Doyle, sits out the second game of a three-match ban.
Steele will miss at least the next three games and could be ruled out for the rest of the season, so David Button, on loan from Tottenham, will continue.
Striker Kallum Higginbotham, a recent loan signing from Huddersfield, is pushing for his first start after stepping off the substitutes’ bench in last week’s defeat at Ipswich.
Mark Noble will be missing for West Ham.
The seven-goal midfielder suffered a thigh strain during the first half of last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat by Reading and is likely to be ruled out for a couple of weeks.
But boss Sam Allardyce can call on Papa Bouba Diop to step in after the Senegal international proved his fitness with a run-out for the reserves this week following two and a half months out with a hamstring injury.
Defenders Winston Reid (concussion) and Guy Demel (thigh) are also available after their recent spells on the sidelines.
Winger Ricardo Vaz Te returns to Oakwell for the first time since leaving Barnsley to join the Hammers in January.

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