After the international break, Premier League football returns this weekend and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has some injury concerns to key players ahead of the London derby away trip to Selhurst Park where they face a high flying Crystal Palace on Saturday (October 17).
Bilic confirmed that centre back Winston Reid and left back Aaron Cresswell have “minor knocks” while midfield maestro Alex Song and forward Enner Valencia are not yet ready to return to the starting XI.
Bilic said: “The injury with Cresswell is just a minor one. We’re going to see if he is capable of playing on Saturday. The injury happened in training. The injury to Reid is not a big one but we’re going to see if one or both can play on Saturday.
“I am pleased with the recoveries of Carroll, Ogbonna and Valencia. They’re all very important players and it’s good to have them back. Carroll missed the game against Sunderland with a minor injury after the early tackle he received against Norwich City.
“Ogbonna should be back and he has been back training with us. Valencia has been out since late July and it’s good to see him back because he is one of our biggest weapons. He’s looking sharp and he looks really good and now it’s just about fitness and getting him back in shape.
“You have to be cautious about these long-term injuries but it’s great to have him back even if has been training with the first team for just one week.”
The Hammers have not gone five away games unbeaten since January 2009 where they went seven games on the road without tasting defeat.
The Eagles meanwhile have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six home games, beating West Brom at home last time out.
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However, the two week break did not come at the right time for West Ham.
Bilic said: “You can’t stop the momentum but we have to start it again from now. I hope we can do that.
“Thursday was the first day we saw Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate after they’ve just arrived from international duty with Senegal. James Collins is still probably a little bit dizzy after celebrating Wales’ qualification.
"It’s not easy to switch straight back but it’s better to remind the players we have good momentum. Every team in the Premier League is in a similar situation.”
Bilic was full of praise for his South London opponents, saying they’re an “all-round good team”.
Palace have accumulated an impressive 15 points so far this season and sit just above West Ham in the table.
“They’re simply a good team. They are good in attack and defence,” said the 46-year-old.
“They are quick and have good movement in their ranks and full credit has to go to Alan Pardew. He’s done very well there so far. Adding that, they have a magnificent player in Yohan Cabaye who can do special things on the pitch. He’s a top class playmaker. They play simple and basic football but it works and it is of good quality.”