West Ham v Newcastle preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:43

West Ham v Newcastle preview

Matthew Upson is pushing for a return to action against Newcastle after missing West Ham’s draw at Wolves last weekend with a neck strain.
Defender Manuel Da Costa has been training all week and is available for selection after being released on police bail following his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.
Winger Pablo Barrera and defender Winston Reid are back in contention after being rested last week following their return from international duty.
Midfielders Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh), Zavon Hines and Jack Collison (both knee) are long-term injury absentees.
Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan will return to the squad for the trip to the Hammers.
The 28-year-old was rested for last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Wigan as he battled a persistent ankle problem, but will be included this time around.
Danny Simpson could also travel after getting a third reserve team game under his belt following his return from a long-standing ankle problem, but Sol Campbell (thigh) will be missing once again.
Steven Taylor (shoulder) is due to return to training on Monday, while Steve Harper is around four weeks away from doing the same, but Leon Best (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) are still out.
Hammers (from): Green, Stech, Jacobsen, Spector, Upson, Gabbidon, Ben Haim, Reid, Tomkins, Da Costa, Ilunga, Parker, Dyer, Noble, Boa Morte, Behrami, Faubert, Kovac, Barrera, Piquionne, Cole, Obinna, McCarthy.
Newcastle (from): Krul, Soderberg, R Taylor, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Kadar, Smith, Tiote, Barton, Routledge, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Tavernier, Donaldson, Nolan, Carroll, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Ranger.

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