West Ham v Leicester preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:18

West Ham v Leicester preview

West Ham will still be without a host of players.
The Hammers recently lost loanees David Bentley and Henri Lansbury to long-term knee injuries, fellow midfielder Matt Taylor has calf trouble, defender James Tomkins a groin problem and striker Carlton Cole a knee injury.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia plays the last game of his initial month-long loan spell from Arsenal as Robert Green continues to recover from knee surgery.
Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop will be checked over after going off with a dead leg during the 1-0 win at Brighton on Monday.
Sam Baldock could start alongside John Carew if boss Sam Allardyce opts to go with two up front at home.
Leicester begin life after Sven-Goran Eriksson with a difficult away trip.
Academy director Jon Rudkin and coach Mike Stowell have been preparing the team since the Swede’s departure on Monday.
They inherit a squad with no new problems following the surprise 3-0 home defeat to Millwall last weekend, which proved to be Eriksson’s final game in charge.
Captain Matt Mills will complete his three-match suspension but Paul Gallagher could be in contention to return to the squad. The forward has been sidelined since suffering ankle ligament damage during the 1-1 draw at Barnsley on September 10.
Gallagher has been training with the rest of the squad for around 10 days now and played 70 minutes for the reserves this week. Rudkin and Stowell must decide whether he is fit enough to be considered.
Leicester hope to have a new manager in place by the time Leeds visit the King Power Stadium next weekend.

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