Sunday 21 August 2016

More injury woe for Hammers as Carroll, Kouyate and Payet all out

Ask any Hammers fan and they will confirm how we have had more than our fair share of injuries over the past few seasons. Last season, Slaven Bilic even moved the squad away from Chadwell Heath for a period in an effort to address the seemingly endless injury woes at the club.

Now, as the club face into a bumper season of combined domestic and Europa League commitments, the injury list is already bulging. Marque signing Andre Ayew managed to last less than the first half of his Premiership debut before joining Aaron Cresswell on the long-term injury list. 

And just as the Hammers ponder whether they need additional striking options, the latest news is that Andy NHS is back in the sick bay! In a story broken by the, citing insider information, it is suggested that the big man is crocked again and even worse, that Cheik Kouyate is also injured and was named on the bench in midweek simply to hide the fact that the club didn't have enough numbers to manage otherwise! In what amounts to a truly depressing litany of woe, the report even suggests that Dimitri Payet has picked up a knock and will miss today's Premiership debut of the Olympic Stadium.

The reports have yet to be confirmed but today's encounter with Bournemouth will be very revealing indeed. Let's hope that these rumours are incorrect but in case they aren't, here is our predicted starting XI for today's clash.


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