West Ham v Newcastle Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the West Ham v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in a new regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Newcastle travel to West Ham this weekend to take on The Hammers and supporters could be forgiven for taking a nostalgic view of tomorrow’s opponents with Messrs Allardyce, McDonald, Carroll and Nolan all plying their trade in East London.
Positive news for our Geordie travelling contingent as Alan Pardew expects to be able to select from the same squad that performed so admirably in last weekend’s hugely disappointing home defeat to Manchester City.
Full-back Mathieu Debuchy serves the last match of his three game suspension while Fabricio Coloccini may return to his homeland for treatment on the knee injury he picked up in the defeat to West Brom. Today’s pre-match press conference revealed no fresh concerns so expect a similar line-up.
West Ham on the other hand are currently managing a mini-crisis which has seen Big Sam’s side drop precariously close to the relegation zone with only one win in their last eight Premier League games.
Former Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan is a definite absentee through suspension while James Tomkins will also serve a one match ban after his sending-off for two bookable offences at Cardiff.
Defensively the Hammers are struggling with doubts regarding the fitness of Guy Demel (concussion), James Collins (calf) and Joey O’Brien (knock), although the latter has trained and stands a decent chance of recovering in time.
Ravel Morrison is also expected to return to the match-day squad following a minor groin problem to give West Ham a much needed creative boost.
Andy Carroll looks likely to begin the game from the bench despite his promising return last weekend; his cameo was his first appearance of the season. Winston Reid (ankle) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder and knee) are still a week or two away from a return.
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