West Ham trio of Victor Moses, Alex Song, Winston Reid out of Saturday’s London derby with struggling Chelsea.
While the duo of Song and Reid are recuperating from their respective injury worries, Nigerian winger Moses will play no part as he is permitted to feature this weekend as the opposition is the on-loan winger’s parent club which is a blow for Slaven Bilic who signed a new contract with West Ham at the summer.
Slaven Bilic had hoped to have Song fit to face Chelsea on Saturday but that will come too soon, as will Watford next weekend probably.
That leaves the international break for Song to get some minutes for the Hammers’ under-21 side and be ready to go to face Everton and then Spurs at the start of next month.
“Alex Song has done very well and has completed most of his training with the rehab fitness coach. He will resume team training next week,” Stijn Vandenbroucke, Head of Medical and Sports Science told the clubs official site.
“The Chelsea game comes too early for Winston on Saturday. He is improving and running again, but Winston has a few more boxes to tick before he can resume team training,” Vandenbrouke said.
“We are missing Victor because he isn’t allowed to play against the side he is on-loan from, so we have lost a little bit of our attacking flair,” Bilic said.
“We still have other players available though – ones who are capable of coming into the team and making an impact.”
West Ham have been in very good form so far during the 2015/16 season, sitting fourth in the table, with 17 points from eight matches.
They’ll be looking to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to seven, but they’ll be doing so without a pair of key contributors who have helped the Hammers get out to a fast start.