Player News - West Ham United

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Javier Hernandez could return to the matchday squad at Bournemouth, but Marko Arnautovic will not be included even though he has trained ahead of the game.

Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in Thursday’s press conference that Arnautovic was available for selection having recovered from a niggling back complaint and he was confident that the Austrian star would be involved despite interest from China. West Ham said they would be reluctant to let the 29-year-old leave during the January window, but if the price was right, he could go. "When you have such a high offer, everyone wants to leave but he has a contract here." As the team prepared for Huddersfield, news broke that an unnamed Chinese Super League had increased their offer for Arnautovic, and although the bid was not accepted, a decision was taken to withdraw him from the squad due to concerns over his mental state. His absence opens the way for Andy Carroll to come in for his second league start of the season.
Jan 19 - 8:51 AM

Declan Rice scored the first Premier League goal of his young career and then helped his teammates make it stand up as West Ham beat Arsenal 1-0 at the London Stadium to kick off Week 22.

Rice, who recently signed a five and a half year contract extension, celebrated the occasion by scoring a crucial goal in his side's evolution. Manuel Pellegrini has transformed a side that started off the season with four straight losses into a top half side that have clearly separated themselves from the bottom-dwellers that they kept as company last season. Part of that transformation has been a defensive renaissance and Rice has been at the heart of that. Don't expect goals to be a regular part of his career but he is certainly an excellent midfield anchor for the Hammers to rely on in the weeks and seasons to come.
Jan 12 - 9:31 AM

West Ham will face Arsenal in the early kick-off with the same squad which eased past Birmingham City in the FA Cup last weekend.

The news means that Marko Arnautovic is available after recovering from the back complaint which forced him off 20 minutes into the third-round tie. However, Javier Hernandez, who was hoping to be available after missing the four previous matches, will remain in the Hammers treatment room as he struggles to overcome back and hamstring issues. Fabian Balbuena was training with the main group earlier this week before suffering a setback ruling him out until March. "He will be out for the next six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on the meniscus in his left knee," read a statement on the club website. Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop will continue in the heart of defence during the interim, although long-term absentee, Winston Reid (knee), is expected to return within the next month.
Jan 10 - 5:38 PM

Manuel Pellegrini has played down the injury which saw Marko Arnautovic replaced within 20 minutes of Saturdays FA Cup third-round tie against Birmingham City.

The Austrian star, who only recently returned after missing almost a month with a hamstring strain, was clearly irked by his managers decision to remove him early on as he felt he could continue. However, it was a risk Pellegrini was not prepared to take with a run of important fixtures coming up. "Marko felt a pain in his back and at the beginning. He wanted to recover, but he could not continue," the Hammers boss revealed. "It was not good to take a risk. He played 90 minutes less than 72 hours ago and 65 minutes in the other game." The fitness of Javier Hernandez (back and hamstring) or lack of, may have had some bearing on his decision as the Mexican is taking longer than first thought to recover. The striker only has an outside chance of making GW22 having already missed the previous four matches.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 7 - 1:31 PM

West Ham would have seen a draw as a disappointing result before kick-off against Brighton at the London Stadium, though a 2-2 draw will feel like a win in the circumstances.

A drab first half was replaced by a pulsating second. Lucas Perez, who had come on at half-time for Andy Carroll, failed to pick up fantasy football bench hero Dale Stephens who powered in his opener from the edge of the box. Within minutes, the Seagulls doubled their lead through Irish centre-back Shane Duffy who controlled and finished off a Pascal Gross corner. A great result looked to be on the cards for Brighton until Marko Arnautovic changed the game: First the Austrian made the most of a chance created by Mark Noble and beat Button between Brighton's sticks and soon after he converted a Michail Antonio drag-back to draw the teams level. The home side could have carried their momentum and won the game but Antonio and Declan Rice spurned the opportunities which came their way.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 2 - 4:55 PM

Formerly contracted to Manchester City, Samir Nasri will be joining West Ham United on a contract.

After training with the club to regain fitness. West Ham United has announced Samir Nasri as their first signing of the January transfer window. Nasri will join on a contract until the end of the season with an option to extend his stay through 2020. Nasri has will just be completing an 18-month suspension for doping violations to join the Hammers. Much shouldn’t be expected from him out of the gates but his signing will add more wide depth to the team that was lost with the injury to Andriy Yarmolenko. Nasri most recently played for Antalyaspor in the Turkish Superliga scoring twice in eight appearances.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 12:47:00 PM

West Ham United continued their Jekyll and Hyde-like play, with today's showing very much on the Hyde side, as they had next to nothing to offer in a 2-0 loss to Burnley.

Marko Arnautovic made his return from injury and was inserted straight into the Starting XI...and that's pretty much where the good news ended for the Hammers. They picked the wrong day to catch Burnley, who were showing their pesky defensive nature that was so common last season, Phil Bardsley pretty much shut down Felipe Anderson, while the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Lucas Perez were so ineffective, they were lifted at the start of the second half, though their replacements did not fare much better. Two attempts at goal of note, both headers, one by Angelo Ogbonna early and the other by Andy Carroll late, were both saved and that was all the threat they could mount.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 11:15:00 AM

West Ham turned around a one goal second half deficit thanks to the heroics of Felipe Anderson, who scored twice in a six minute period.

The first half was quiet and scrappy but it came to life after the interval with the Saints found themselves ahead. Nathan Redmond's return to prominence under Hasemhuttl's management of Southampton continued as he forced Ogbonna into scoring past his own 'keeper after Fabianski parried Redmond's initial effort. West Ham spent three minutes behind, with Anderson first beating McCarthy from just outside the box after taking down a clearing header and then powering a shot into the near bottom left corner. West Ham and Felipe's second came after Southampton's botched corner gave the Hammers a chance to launch a devastating counter-attack. The Saints had chances to draw level but Fabianski made a number of saves to keep his side in front.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 04:53:00 PM

Manuel Pellegrini reveals Fabian Balbuena must be assessed before deciding whether the defender will be involved at Southampton on 27 December.

The Hammers centre-back was injured on the half hour mark after giving away a penalty on Saturday. Balbuena got it all wrong taking Roberto Pereyra out as he was about to pull the trigger. It was an innocuous challenge which left the Paraguayan requiring treatment and he was replaced soon after by Angelo Ogbonna. "Fabian has a problem with his [left] knee, we will see tomorrow. I cannot answer just yet what the problem is," mused Manuel Pellegrini. Initial concerns suggest that Balbuena may have tweaked his knee ligaments and he will be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage. If confirmed, it could see him miss several weeks of action. West Ham already have an extensive injury list which means there could be as many as ten first-team players sidelined at St Mary’s. Javier Hernandez (tight hamstring) is another player who faces a test ahead of GW19.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 09:36:00 AM

West Ham saw their four-match winning streak come to an end in a 2-0 loss at home to Watford.

After seeing their attack hit their full potential with 11 goals in the last four games, West Ham couldn't manage to replicate their success despite outshooting their opponents. The Hammers put themselves behind the eight ball when Fabian Balbuena went in for a reckless challenge on Roberto Pereyra inside the penalty area just before the half-hour mark before Troy Deeney stepped to the spot for the lead. Balbuena was taken off minutes later with an injury that could see him miss part of the three-match week ahead for the Hammers.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 12:35:00 PM

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said midfielder Jack Wilshere will be out for the near future due to another ankle injury.

The former Arsenal star was due to come back from ankle surgery last month before hurting his other ankle in training. And now West Ham have been forced to shelve Wilshere in the hopes that the rest will see him return fully recovered, or risk another long-term surgery after making only five appearances this season. Said Pellegrini: "Is (the injury) more serious than first thought? Maybe, because when he felt the pain it was in his "good" ankle - not the ankle where he had surgery. We hoped it was just a pain and he could adjust for two or three days but it has been longer than we expected. It is very difficult to know when he will be back."
Source: Daily Mail
Wed, Dec 19, 2018 07:35:00 PM

They got ahead quickly then held on but the Hammers took advantage of Fulham's bad form winning 2-0.

Robert Snodgrass put West Ham in the lead 17 minutes in by jumping on a ball that fell to him. It was Snodgrass’ second match in a row with a goal as he is finding form along with the Hammers. Not long after, Michail Antonio split Sergio Rico’s head for the second goal of the game. Fulham had chances in the first half but none were bigger Aboubakar Kamara who was denied on the line by Lukasz Fabianski. In the second half, Fulham created chances but West Ham did something that they haven’t done often this season, clamp down defensively, to keep them at bay. The victory saw West Ham rise to ninth in the table as they look to close in on a European spot in the table.
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 03:04:00 PM

Depleted by injuries, West Ham United got production from unlikely sources to seal all three points versus Crystal Palace in a 3-2 victory.

Without their Talisman Marko Arnautovic, West Ham United turned to an unlikely partnership of Lucas Perez and Chicharito to lead the line. Crystal Palace would draw first blood with James McArthur scoring in his second straight game but this one was all Hammers. Prior to the half, Robert Snodgrass would open his account for West Ham in an impressive way curling his shot past Wayne Hennessey. Coming out of the half, the entry of Andy Carroll for Lucas Perez changed everything for West Ham. West Ham got their next two in quick succession with Chicharito scoring a poachers goal in the 62nd minute and Anderson being given way too much space to shoot in the 65th minute. But the game wasn’t over there. Jeffery Schlupp, who came on for an injured Patrick van Aanholt, would fire a header past Lukasz Fabianski in the 76th minute. At the end of the day, its three more points for West Ham and Snodgrass and Anderson are truly establishing themselves as FPL assets.
Sat, Dec 8, 2018 12:09:00 PM

Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out of the festive fixture programme following a scan which revealed the extent of his hamstring strain.

Speaking during Thursdays pre-match press conference, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed: "Arnautovic has a muscle injury and he will probably be out for around a month." The news is a lot better than initially feared with some media outlets claiming the Austrian would be absent for between 6-8 weeks but given the number of games from now until his expected return, Arnautovic will still be sidelined for a minimum of five games. Striking responsibilities are likely to fall on Javier Hernandez although Andy Carroll is approaching full fitness following his first appearance of the campaign during the 3-1 win over Cardiff City. "We hope he will now continue playing games. Those few minutes the other day, I think, were very useful for him. He worked today without problem," said the Hammers boss. Lucas Perez is also pushing for regular game-time after scoring from the bench on Tuesday night.
Thu, Dec 6, 2018 04:11:00 PM

West Ham have been left sweating on the fitness of star man Marko Arnautovic after the Austrian was forced off against Cardiff City.

The injury-plagued attacker pulled up late in the first half with a muscle problem and his availability for the upcoming game weeks hangs in the balance. "It is a hamstring injury," manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed during his post-match press conference. "We will see [the extent of the problem] tomorrow." If further tests confirm a tear, then conceivably, the Hammers could be without Arnautovic for the entire festive programme. However, it wasn’t all bad news, as Lucas Perez was finally able to show a glimpse of the player which convinced Arsenal to part with £17m back in 2016. Perez scored twice from the bench, the first West Ham player to do so since 2010, and if Arnautovic is sidelined, then the 30-year-old looks nailed-on to start this weekend. The game also marked the return of Andy Carroll who made his first appearance in the league since May.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 06:27:00 AM

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