Duo closing in on comebacks

West Ham will once again be without Andy Carroll and Alvaro Arbeloa for the trip to West Brom but the duo are close to full fitness.

West Ham: Duo closing in on comebacksWest Ham: Duo closing in on comebacks

Former Real Madrid full-back Arbeloa, who signed on a free transfer on deadline day, was expected to be in line for his first start of the campaign but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is set to stick with Sam Byram at right-back.

Meanwhile, the West Ham medical team say Carroll is close to making his return to action after missing the majority of the campaign with a knee injury. The striker could be available for next week’s league game against Southampton.

Mark Noble is available despite needing stitches for a hand injury suffered in their 4-2 defeat against Watford.

Diafra Sakho, Andre Ayew and Aaron Cresswell are all making “good progress” as the trio edge closer to a return to action. Simone Zaza should keep is place up front.

Provisional squad: Adrian, Randolph, Byram, Masuaku, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Oxford, Kouyate, Nordtveit, Obiang, Noble, Payet, Lanzini, Antonio, Feghouli, Tore, Zaza, Fletcher, Calleri.

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