West Ham United travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Saturday evening, with Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini confirming the visitors will be without the services of Samir Nasri.

The veteran French attacking midfielder was due to come off the bench in Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, but was an unused substitute due to a calf injury.

Pellegrini has admitted that West Ham will need to add Nasri to their considerable injury list.

“Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are continuing with their recovery,” the Hammers boss told the club’s official website.

“Both of them are very good so I hope that, in a couple of weeks they can be ready to work with the first team squad.

“Winston Reid also has a long injury. Andy Carroll has had surgery on his ankle and Samir Nasri has a minor injury on his calf. We knew when Samir came here that there was a risk of him having some muscle injuries, because he was more than one year without playing. We’ll see how he is.”

Jack Wilshere is close to making a first-team return, but the West Ham midfielder will not play a part in the game against United.

West Ham could well have one man available to return however, with Sky Sports claiming that Michail Antonio has returned to the fold after sitting out the defeat to Chelsea.

The Hammers will need to be at their best to record three points at Old Trafford, but United have injury issues of their own and are coming off the back of a draining Champions League game against Barcelona.

With the added distraction of a trip to Camp Nou next week, Pellegrini and the travelling West Ham support will have their fingers crossed for an upset.


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