Those of a certain vintage will well remember the status symbol that was the toughest and most indestructible toy on the market - the Tonka truck! And so it seems West Ham have their very own indestructible machine in James 'Tomka' Tomkins who has made a remarkable recovery after receiving 13 stitches to a head wound at the weekend!
This is Tomka's second nasty head wound this season but his rapid recovery is a godsend as Sam Byram is out for tonight's clash. If needed, the ever willing Joey O'Brien is available to do a shift with last weekend's Anfield encounter demonstrating his various abilities - solid in defence but a little uninspiring going forward!
The Hammers will want to stretch a static Villa defence tonight and will want both full backs to push on to try and open up some space. In less positive news, both Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen have predicted a Hammers victory, which given their accuracy record is worrying!