West Ham United return from the international break when they make the trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Saturday afternoon, and a key man will be available for the clash.

The Hammers will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crystal Palace a couple of weeks ago, when they surprisingly surrendered the advantage to lose 2-1.

West Ham head to Goodison knowing that for once all the pressure will be on their opponents, who have had a miserable start to the campaign, something Manuel Pellegrini and his team will look to feast on in the early kick off.

The Hammers are actually undefeated on their travels in the Premier League this term, with both their defeats coming at the London Stadium, so they will be looking to remain unbeaten when they saunter into Merseyside on Saturday.

In order to help them with that quest, key midfielder Declan Rice has been confirmed as being available, despite suffering from an illness while on international duty, although Pellegrini reminded West Ham supporters he is without a key trio.

“Everyone returned [from international duty] without any problems. so we have the complete squad fit apart from the players who were injured before – Antonio, Winston Reid [and Fabianski],” the Hammers official website quote him as saying.

“Declan is okay, he has worked without any problems.”

“Fabianski will miss the trip to Everton on Saturday, but when requested for details of how the veteran stopper is progressing, Pellegrini provided a cautious outlook.

“Lukasz had his surgery last Saturday and now he must be patient. He needs some time to recover, you cannot do it faster than you need and as we said at the beginning, probably he will return in the New Year.”

With it being the early kick off, should West Ham win at Goodison Park, they will move into the top four in the Premier League for a few hours at least, which should act as a huge incentive for them.


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