Hammers hopeful over injured quartet

West Ham chairman David Sullivan says Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew are all set to be fit within a month.

West Ham: Hammers hopeful over injured quartetWest Ham: Hammers hopeful over injured quartet

The Hammers, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday following the international break, have had a nightmare start to the season and sit down in 18th place in the Premier League table.

Boss Slaven Bilic’s cause has not been helped by injuries to key players but Sullivan has confirmed full-back Cresswell and forwards Sakho, Carroll and Ayew are all making good progress and may all be in contention to play again by the middle of November.

He told West Ham’s website: “We have suffered a number of injuries since the start of the season and it will be a big boost to see Aaron Cresswell back in first-team contention.

“We hope that both Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll will also be back in action in the next few weeks.

“We also need our club record signing Andre Ayew, but he could still be a month away from making a first-team return.”

Carroll and Cresswell have both been struggling with knee injuries, Sakho has had a back issue and Ayew a thigh problem but the quartet are all doing well and, while any of them facing the Eagles on Saturday is unlikely, the following game against Sunderland on October 22 may at least see Carroll and Sakho available before Ayew and Cresswell hopefully return early next month.

West Ham’s poor start to the campaign has been one of the surprise stories of the season so far but punters using a free bet might fancy backing them to get back to winning ways against Alan Pardew’s side.

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