African Irons will leave big hole

alex-song-west-hamWest Ham will be looking towards January and February hoping and praying that things have gone well in the early part of the season.Although it’s been a long time since the Irons have had players involved in any of the home international teams, the demands on their squad could be an important factor to their season when the African Nations Cup comes around.Qualification for the 2015 African Cup on Nations is underway and should Senegal, the Cameroon and Ivory Coast reach the final our squad will missing some key players.The competition could comes at a more inconvenient time of the season (January 17 to February 8 in Morocco)  and this time round the Irons face games against Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester United.

With players missing for up to a month and the ever-present injury threat, Sam Allardyce will be keeping a careful eye on Alex Song (Cameroon) and Diafra Sakho and Chiekhou Kouyate (Senegal)

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Dainon17 says:

    Could be missing our 2 best midfielders in Jan/Feb so maybe Nolan will get a game then

  • baddowhammer says:

    Not a good time of year to be losing what could be three crucial players is it.But on the flip side it could be a chance to try some players that will be champing on the bit,for some game time.If we are looking steady enough perhaps play some youngsters.

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