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Hammers stars in fitness battles

West Ham arrive at Goodison Park with a host of injury worries as they seek to extend their unbeaten run to six.

Diafra Sakha – as explained by Sam Allardyce in the week is suffering back spasms – whilst we understand Stewart Downing remains doubtful and both Winston Reid and Enner Valencia both face late fitness tests.

Sam Allardyce has been talking up Andy Carroll all week and thus we may expect the record signing to start with   Carlton Cole on the bench.

The rumour is that Kevin Nolan will get the shout as his partner although Mauro Zarate could has a chance. The line-up  is due to be announced at 2pm and Matt Jarvis is expected to be among the subs.

Everton have their own worries with main man Leighton Baines rated 50/50 to make the starting line-up and nine others battling for fitness.



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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

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