West Ham United will be without one forward in Felipe Anderson but another, Sebastien Haller, could feature in their Premier League match against Burnley this evening (July 8).
The London club are four points ahead of the relegation zone but with a game in hand over Watford, whose victory last night over Watford kept up the pressure on the Hammers.
It leaves David Moyes’ West Ham side with work to do to ensure their Premier League survival although they will be buoyed by taking four points off Chelsea and Newcastle United in their most recent fixures.
Furthermore, with games against Norwich, Watford and fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa, they should be able to decide their own fate by avoiding dropping points in those matches.
Winger Anderson has not featured since West Ham’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last month but has now recovered from a hamstring injury, even if tonight’s game comes too soon for him to make a return.
Haller, meanwhile, has not been available since resumption but he is potentially in line for a place in the squad.
“He’s trained yesterday,” Moyes told the club’s official website.
“We’ll see how he is when we finish training today to see how he comes through, but he’s certainly getting closer to being available. Whether he’s ready to play is a different thing.
“I saw Felipe Anderson jogging yesterday, but he won’t be available for the Burnley game.
“He’s got a very slight hamstring tweak – a grade one hamstring tweak – which normally can keep you out for ten to fourteen days.”
Also confirmed to miss the game is Robert Snodgrass meaning Moyes can otherwise pick from the rest of his West Ham squad but given that their draw against Newcastle was just three days ago, some rotation can be expected.